Synergy Multi-Academy Trust is made up of schools, both secondary and primary, from north Norfolk. The Trust was initially established by Reepham High School and College in 2015. Our vision is simple; for all of our schools to work together to provide teaching and learning of the highest quality and for all of them to provide an exceptional range of educational experiences and opportunities.
Welcome to the RE department
The RE team is proud to be part of the Humanities department, helping pupils to understand the world in which we live by acknowledging spiritual, moral and ethical beliefs and values. Pupils will also develop a ‘philosophy for life’ (a set of individual beliefs and values that shape their own lives.) Through the exploration of religious and non-religious traditions, norms and cultural values, pupils are given the opportunity develop their views.
There is a small but dedicated team of 3 RE specialists who are both passionate about their subject:
- Miss H Stillwell (STL) Teacher in charge of R.E
- Mr B de la Tour, (TOU) Teacher of RE
- Ms Reid (REI) In charge of RE and PSHE on maternity leave.
Key Stage Three (Years 7, 8 and 9)
In years 7 &8, pupils will receive two lessons a fortnight of RE. In year 7, pupils will look at world religions in general and then have the opportunity to discuss and debate philosophical issues. In year 8, pupils will be exploring moral issues through campaigns and discussion.
In Year 9 pupils, receive three hours a fortnight of RE. This is when they start their GCSE in RE and all work done this year will aid them in their exams at the end of year 11.
Key Stage Four (Years 10 and 11)
By law, all pupils study Religious Education (RE), to the end of their school life. RE is taught to all pupils at GCSE level and all pupils work toward this qualification. The RE syllabus followed is the AQA specification, taking into account the Norfolk Agreed Syllabus. Pupils are taught in mixed ability groups for the two years. In Year 10 and Year 11 pupils receive one hours a week of RE.
The RE department currently follows the new AQA A specification 8062 at GCSE, Christianity & Islam are the two chosen religions to study beliefs, teachings and practices of both in detail. The four Religious, philosophical and ethical studies themes are; Theme A (Relationships and Marriage), B (Religion and Life), E (Religion, Crime and Punishment) & F (Religion, Human rights and Social Justice). This qualification is linear. Linear means that students will sit all their exams at the end of the course. There will be 2 exams lasting 1 hour 45 minutes each.
Accommodation and Resources
The RE department is situated in the Humanities block, made up of 2 rooms and are both equipped with interactive whiteboards. There is also access to a set of laptops and desktop computers for use within the Humanities department.
The RE department is well resourced with books, DVDs, online resources and artefacts. The Humanities department as a whole have a wide range of resources for pupils to access and we work closely with the library to give pupils the best access to information to support their learning.
Miss Stillwell & Mr de la Tour are regularly in their rooms at break time and lunchtime to offer extra support if pupils need it.
Extra-Curricular Activity and Trips:
This is an area that the department are very enthusiastic about. It is important to bring the real world into the classroom and have a number to visiting speakers throughout the year. We believe that pupils’ learning should extend beyond the four walls of our classrooms and we endeavour to provide students with these opportunities. There are a number of visitors, trips and opportunities open to pupils in different years, including:
Year 7: Walsingham to explore the diversity within Christianity.
Year 8: Mock Protest march
Year 9: Local Churches trip