Religious EducationReligious Education

In a world which is becoming more and more multicultural and multi-religious, it is important to equip our young people with as much knowledge of different cultures and religions as possible. It is better for our young people to acquire their knowledge about religions from reliable sources so that prejudices and misunderstandings are dealt with in a safe environment of the classroom.
Clacton County High School acknowledges the importance of Religion within today's society and that is why every student in Year 7 and 8 has one hour of Religious Education on their timetable. The content of the lessons also helps support the spiritual and moral development of students, by providing an opportunity for exploration of the big questions of life through a range of different points of view.
These lessons also include many of the requirements for Personal and Social Education and for Citizenship. In Key Stage 4 Religious Education provides an excellent background for AS level Philosophy and Ethics, and for careers requiring ‘people’ and/or analytical skills.

Key Stage 3
In Year 7 pupils are introduced to some of the major religions in the world focussing more on Christianity and Islam. They also study environmental ethics and how they link with religion. As students move into Year 8 they look at the concept of justice and discrimination by exploring the life, work and beliefs of key religious figures like Martin Luther King Junior. They are also introduced to the origins and teachings of two major religions: Sikhism and Buddhism.

Key Stage 4
In Years 9, 10, and 11 Religious Education is taught through specially designated sessions covering a range of religious and ethical issues. Some of the topics covered are prejudice and extremism, equality, religious views on war and the value of life.

GCSE RE Full Course
The Religious Education Full Course is offered as an option at GCSE level and follows the Philosophy of Religion and Ethics specification.

Key Stage 5
Philosophy and Ethics is offered to Sixth Form students in Year 12 and Year 13. This is an exciting course covering topics such as Utilitarianism, Abortion, Euthanasia, Situation Ethics, the classical arguments for God’s existence or non-existence, the problem of evil and many more.

Students are given opportunities to enhance their understaning of the subject through visits to places of worship or those of religious importance in the local community. Examination students also have the opportunity to attend subject conferences where some topics are dealt with in more detail by subject experts.