Religious Education



Religious Studies at Loxford is about teaching tolerance and understanding. It’s about preparing students and giving them the skill to flourish as able and qualified participants of a multi-cultural, multi-faith society.

Religious Education makes a distinctive contribution to the school curriculum by developing pupils' knowledge and understanding of religion, religious beliefs, practices, language and traditions and their influence on individuals, communities, societies and cultures. It enables pupils to consider and respond to a range of important questions related to their own spiritual development, the development of values and attitudes and fundamental questions concerning the meaning and purpose of life. The RE department at Loxford are a successful and dedicated team who are committed to the students enjoyment and development in Religious Studies.


At Key Stage 3 pupils study a variety of different topics. We aim to create an inclusive environment so we aim to study the majority of the major world religions over Years 7 and 8 with an open and broad perspective. In Year 7 we build on pupils' prior knowledge and study world religions as a foundation for their study in Year 8 and beyond.  In year 9 pupils explore a variety of philosophical and ethical concepts. While also beginning to develop exam skills in preparation for KS4

In year 7 we study the following:

  • Bridging Unit
  • Christianity
  • Hinduism
  • Judaism
  • Citizenship
  • Major Religious Festivals

In Year 8 we take a thematic approach, looking at topics from the perspective of different religions:

  • Inspirational Figures
  • Rites of Passage
  • Religion and Art
  • Evil and Suffering
  • Citizenship

In year 9 student we study the following: 

  • Issues of Human Rights 
  • Issues of Good and Evil 
  • Issues of Life and Death 
  • Issues of Relationships 
  • Citizenship


The aim of GCSE Religious Studies is to teach pupils an understanding and evaluation of different religious beliefs and their impact in the world. Pupils are encouraged to develop their imagination and become aware of the spiritual dimension and the richness it can bring. We find it essential for pupils to learn about the community they live in and therefore Religious Studies is compulsory for all students until Year 11, where they will sit 3 papers focusing on Christianity, Islam and Philosophy and Ethics. 

Students study the following topics when completing the Philosophy and Ethics content. Students look at a range of Christian and Muslim views on these topics, as well as Humanist / Non-Religious attitudes: 

  1. Issues of Human Rights 
  2. Issues of Good and Evil 
  3. Issues of Life and Death 
  4. Issues of Relationships 

In their 1 hour a week lessons pupils in year 10 study Christianity for the first half of the year before then studying Islam for the second half. When studying Christianity pupils look at the following areas:

  • The nature of God
  • Creation
  • Jesus Christ (incarnation, resurrection and atonement)
  • Afterlife
  • Forms of worship
  • Sacraments
  • Pilgrimage
  • Celebrations
  • Whether the UK is still Christian
  • The Church in the local community and the worldwide church.

When studying Isalm pupils will look at:

  • The nature of Allah
  • Prophethood
  • Angels
  • Afterlife
  • The foundations of faith
  • The Five Pillars of Sunni Islam
  • The Ten Obligatory acts of Shi’a Islam
  • Jihad
  • Islamic festivals such as Eid-ul-Adha.

GCSE Results 2023


Congratulations to the Year 11 students on achieving 82% grades 9-4

GCSE Results 2022

Congratulations to the Year 11 students on achieving 80% grades 9-4.

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Future Careers for RE:

Religious Studies students develop their understanding and appreciation of religious beliefs and teachings, as well as the disciplines of ethics and the philosophy of religion.

The skills learned as part of studying religious studies can be useful in many different jobs that require logical thought or communication of ideas. Studying this subject can help with careers in law, education, politics or business.


At Key Stage 3 pupils will be set homework every week and are expected to take around 30 minutes to complete the task. At Key Stage 4 pupils will be set homework weekly, and these will mostly be exam questions to prepare students for their mocks and GCSEs. At Key Stage 5, students will receive homework weekly in addition to pre-reading tasks which will further prepare students for their lessons.

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