Key Stage 3

Religious Education is taught following the locally agreed SACRE syllabus which is currently being reviewed. At least 50% of the time is spent studying Christianity and its’ impact on us and British law, with the remainder introducing pupils to the other five major world faiths as well as not religious stances. Through a range of strategies, including thinking skills, role play, discussions and debates, we consider our thoughts and motives on many issues.

Key Stage 4

All pupils receive one core lesson at Key Stage 4. These lessons are designed to prepare pupils for the wider world. There is no formal GCSE qualification but these lessons provide opportunity for reflection, philosophical debate and development of analytical skills. Topics reinforce learning for those on the GCSE course as well as ensuring our students are ready to be active citizens when they leave our school. We cover topics such as: Life Skills, Religion & Sport, Drug Awareness, , Medical Ethics and Relationships. Lessons are designed to be informative and interesting; we aim to have an ‘Active’ element in each unit, e.g. First Aid certificate, Spirited Arts competition.

GCSE Religious Studies

Pupils who opt for GCSE RE have the full GCSE number of lessons over two weeks. We focus on Christianity in its various forms as well as Buddhism. To gain depth of understanding the course involves visits to various places of worship as well as charities such as Wigan & Leigh Hospice and The Brick. There is also opportunities to interview members of different faiths and gain experiences that may otherwise not be available.

Exam 2017

We follow the AQA B syllabus and the two units we cover are Unit 1 Religion and Citizenship and Unit 3 Religion and Morality.

Unit 1 focuses on issues surrounding religious attitudes towards citizenship issues; such as relationships, sport and leisure, work and human rights.  Unit 3 covers matters of morality including medical ethics, the elderly, drug abuse, and crime and punishment. The two units complement each other and also build on work completed at Key Stage 3.

The exam is 100% written over two 1hr 45minute exams sat at the end of year 11. We are proud of our record of our GCSE results which see us consistently outperform the national averages and a high proportion of students go on to study a related subject.

Exam 2018 onwards

Our new course is based on the Eduqas qualification. . It includes a unit on Buddhism, one on Christianity and a third on Philosophy and Ethics. The two religion based units explore religious belief and practices whilst the third unit focus on themes of Relationships, Life and Death, Good and Evil as well as Human Rights.

The examination is 100% written with three exams; 1hr on Christianity, 1hr on Buddhism and 2hrs on Religion, Philosophy & Ethics.

Head of RE

Miss H Tomlinson (

Religious Studies

Religious Studies Department Vision

We aim to provide pupils with the opportunities, expertise and structure to enable them to fully engage with our subject in Hindley High School, the local community and wider society. We seek to give them memorable, challenging learning opportunities which inspire and foster an interest in religion, spirituality, ethics and morality. We endeavour to simultaneously increase knowledge, understanding, evaluation and analysis skills as well as space for personal reflection and development. Overall we wish to encourage respectful, informed, questioning students who are fully prepared to embrace today’s diverse global society.

RE specific skills help to build pupils’ competency and promotes their independence skills, particularly through strategies of assessing and evaluating similar concepts. A core component of Religious Education is oracy and communication which are routinely practised as part of debate activities. The philosophy and topical elements of our course raise the need for critical enquiry, highlight the relevance of our subject and reinforce the need for quality RE in preparation for life in the modern world.