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“While I know myself as a creation of God, I am also obligated to realise and remember that everyone else and everything else are also God’s creation.” Maya Angelou

At Laurel Park School we believe our RE curriculum should reflect the rich and diverse community here in Enfield, across the UK and across the world. We view RE as a highly regarded, rigorous, academic subject that contributes dynamically to pupils’ education by provoking challenging questions about meaning and purpose in life, beliefs about God, ultimate reality, and issues of right and wrong.


“RE makes a valuable contribution to pupils’ personal development and to their understanding of the wider world. “

(The National Association of Teachers of Religious Education (NATRE)


The principal aim of RE is to engage students in systematic inquiry into significant questions which religion and worldviews address in local, national and global contexts, enabling them to develop their ideas, values and identities. Pupils learn to evaluate wisdom from different sources, so that they can develop the understanding and strong critical thinking skills needed to appreciate and appraise varied responses to these questions.


We follow the Enfield agreed syllabus for Religious Education across all key stages. Our RE curriculum has a vast array of cross curricular links with subjects such as English, science, geography and history. Much of what we study complements and enhances the curriculum studied in these subject areas and vice versa.


Key Stage 3 (Years 7-9)

By the end of Key Stage 3 pupils will be able to use a range of increasingly complex religious, moral and philosophical vocabulary to demonstrate the ability to understand and explain a range of religious and worldviews, recognising their local, national and global context.


They will be able to use this knowledge to analyse and synthesise personal and critical responses to a range of different issues in order to form coherent, well-argued conclusions. They will be able to challenge arguments about the meaning of religion and spirituality and suggest answers relating to the search for truth.


Key Stage 4 (Years 10 -11)

RE is a part of the core curriculum and studied by all students.


By the end of Key stage four students will develop their knowledge and understanding of religions and non-religious beliefs, such as atheism and humanism. They will have a deeper knowledge and understanding of religious beliefs, teachings and sources of wisdom and authority, including through their reading of key religious texts, other texts and scriptures of the religions they are studying. They will continue to develop their ability to construct well-argued, well-informed, balanced and structured written arguments, demonstrating their depth and breadth of understanding of the subject. They will be able to reflect on and develop their own values, beliefs and attitudes in the light of what they have learnt and contribute to their preparation for adult life in a pluralistic society and global community.


Students sit the short course for AQA GCSE RE

Section A: The study of religions: Beliefs and Teachings (Christianity and Islam)

Section B: Thematic Studies (Themes A and B)

Assessment: Written exam 1 hour 45 minutes.


*Note to Parents/Carers regarding y11 students for the academic year 23/24:

Students who have chosen RE GCSE course as an option follow the Edexcel specification:

Religious Studies B

Paper 1: Religion and Ethics: Christianity (1RB0/1B)

Assessment: Written exam 1 hour 45 minutes (50% of the qualification)

Paper 2: Religion, Peace and Conflict: Islam (1RB0/2C)

Assessment: Written exam 1 hour 45 minutes (50% of the qualification)


All our Y11 students study Core RE as a part of our core curriculum.



The RE curriculum booklet can be downloaded here:

Religious Studies Curriculum Booklet
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