Religious Education

Meet the department

Mrs T Cripps Curriculum Leader
Mrs C Pollard 2nd in Department
Mrs L Musker Teacher
Mrs M Babu Teacher
Mr J Wright Teacher / Headteacher

Subject Overview

This image captures well our vision for RE at Bishop Challoner; as we invite our students to ‘Come and See’ what religious beliefs and practices contain.

As RE teachers, we regard ourselves as dealers in hope; a hope which is vital for our future generation who face uncertainty and ever-shifting cultural values. We try and raise their vision as individuals, to believe in themselves and dream big. We challenge our pupils to consider a sometimes counter-cultural/ alternative message and offer them space to gain perspective on life’s Big Questions.

There is much to be learned not just about but also from other world religions. In a multi-faith society it is essential to equip our students with knowledge and understanding of other major beliefs, enabling them to grow in understanding and respect for our global human community; all equally made in the image and likeness of God.

All RE is taught in the context of Gospel values; loving God and others.

Religious Education helps develop a holistic understanding of religion – the new exam explores religion and practice in the 21st Century and encourages you to reflect on and engage with fundamental questions. You will develop analytical and critical thinking skills to enable you to present a wide range of well-informed and reasonable arguments, helping you to progress easily to AS and A level study.

By studying RE you learn about the spiritual aspects of all life and gain understanding about relationships with other people. You may become more appreciative of others and be able to understand another person’s motives, ideas and beliefs.

By taking part in the course you learn, understand and appreciate the important issues that affect people throughout the world and will affect you in your adult life.

Religious Education has many transferable skills which can be used in other areas of your study and in a wide variety of career opportunities. All Colleges and many employers see these skills as being very important.

Support for studying RE at Bishop Challoner Catholic School

Y6 Catholic Beliefs and Practices booklet
Y6 Catholic Beliefs and Practices answer booklet

Curriculum Map

Key Stage 3 - Click to expand

Year 9 & Key Stage 4 - Click to expand

Helpful websites

A series of videos explaining Catholic Christianity:

Extra Curricular Opportunities

  • Every lunchtime: Oasis in RE2 (a place to come and be refreshed and encounter God).
  • Monday lunchtimes: the Debate Club runs in RE2 at 1.35 – 2.00.
  • Thursday lunchtime: Christian Union in Lab 5 at 1.35 – 2.00.
  • Friday lunchtime: Y7 RE Apprentices in RE2 at 1.35 – 2.00.

For further information on the curriculum please email