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, therefore like Humanities we believe we play a central role in the school. To understand and to live in our world today, people have to know something about the beliefs and lifestyles of others. They also need a “philosophy for life” (a set of individual beliefs and values that shape their own lives.) This is what we try to achieve with our pupils at Reepham High School and college.
There is a small but dedicated team of 2 RE specialists who are both passionate about their subject:
- Ms L Reid (Teacher in charge of RE & PSHE)
- Miss H Stillwell Teacher of R.E./Ethics
Key Stage Three (Years 7, 8 and 9)
When pupils arrive, they will receive one hour a week of RE. Pupils are taught in their mixed ability tutor groups throughout Year 7. In Year 8 pupils are taught in one of six classes and set in to top, middle or lower set.
In Year 9 pupils, when pupils start RE GCSE they are taught in one of six classes and set in to top, middle or lower set. Pupils receive three hours a fortnight of RE.
Key Stage Four (Years 10 and 11)
By law, all pupils study Religious Education (RE), to the end of their school life. The RE syllabus is based on the Norfolk County Agreed syllabus. Therefore RE is taught throughout school to GCSE level. 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 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.
Ms Reid & Miss Stillwell are regularly in their rooms at 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 trips and opportunities open to pupils in different years, including:
- Year 7: Walsingham to explore the diversity within Christianity which can be found there.
- Year 8: Mock Protest march Year 9: Local Churches trip