“You are the Salt of the Earth” Matthew 5:13

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The Religious Education Department at Holy Trinity Academy recognises its central role in developing and sustaining the distinctly Christian nature and ethos of the school community.

The department is fully committed to teaching and learning, encouraging students to learn about and learn from the variety of religious concepts introduced to them.
We aim to:

• Provide knowledge and understanding of the Christian faith
• Give opportunities to explore key beliefs and issues from other major religious traditions.
• Develop appropriate skills, concepts and attitudes as they relate to the study of religion.
• Help recognise the value of religion and how it relates to the study of religion and people’s lives.
• Enable students to grow to their full religious and spiritual maturity by allowing them the opportunities to question, develop and discuss issues of faith and to help them make informed choices
• Provide opportunities for self-reflection on each student’s personal faith journey
• Challenge students to identify ultimate questions and their connection with religious beliefs
• Be true to Gospel values by enabling students to gain an awareness and understanding of the local, national and global Christian responsibility towards others
• Be dedicated to realising the potential of each individual and to celebrate success in all its forms.

We use a range of different teaching and learning approaches that enable all students to make progress and be successful. We encourage students to be independent learners and to recognise the importance of enquiry and reflection. The department supports students from different religious and secular backgrounds and encourages all students to use their learning to increase tolerance and understanding. We recognise our distinctive role in supporting students’ understanding of spiritual, moral, social and cultural issues and regularly encourage them to reflect on their own views and attitudes and those of others towards a range of topics.

At Key Stage 3 students study a range of religious concepts, traditions, ways of life and the meaning and importance of religious festivals. During Key Stage 3 students learn about the world faiths of Sikhism, Judaism and Islam.

At Key Stage 4 all students follow the Edexcel GCSE course which is examined at the end of two years of study. Students will study Unit 3, Roman Catholic Christianity and moral issues and Unit 8 which is a second moral issues paper where students study Christianity and another world religion. Students have a positive attitude towards the subject and enjoy opportunities to discuss and debate current moral and ethical issues.

At Key Stage 5 students who opt to study A Level Religious Studies follow the OCR Philosophy and Ethics course. This encourages the study of a wide range of topics and supports students in the development of their analytical skills.
We have the highest expectations of all of our pupils and work hard to support them in achieving their full potential.