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Religious Education


Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all.



Head of Religious Education: Mr A Tyson - tysona@harpergreen.net 

Subject overview

The principal aim of religious education is to explore what people believe and what difference this makes to how they live, so that pupils can gain the knowledge, understanding and skills needed to handle questions raised by religion and belief, reflecting on their own ideas and ways of living.

All of our young people will participate in religious education for the duration of their time at Harper Green School. 

We advocate that it is imperative for our students to become tolerant and well-informed global citizens, and a good religious education is vital in developing the consideration and compassion that we expect from our young people.   

We work with the 2020 Bolton Agreed Syllabus, which can be accessed here.

 Key Stage 3 overview

During Key Stage 3, our students will study the major world religions and their impacts upon society, exploring how these religions developed, their major beliefs and practices, and how these ideas influence ethical decision making.

Our programmes of study are shaped around "big questions." These encourage students to apply their religious knowledge, but also to adopt a critical stance as they wrestle with moral and philosophical issues.  

 Year 7 

Year 8

Year 9



 Key Stage 4 overview

All students will continue with their religious education in years 10 and 11. There is no formal qualification attached to the core religious education programme.

There is also the option for students to study in greater depth at Key Stage 4 by choosing Religious Studies GCSE as part of their guided choices process.

    Key Stage 4 Religious Education: CORE (non-examined)

  Regardless of their GCSE choices, all students will continue their religious education until they leave Harper Green School at the end of Year 11.

Year 10


Year 11


 Key Stage 4 Religious Studies GCSE

For students who wish to develop their religious education, the Religious Studies GCSE is an excellent choice. As well as giving an excellent grounding to prepare students for future studies, it also supports the critical thinking and essay skills used in other subjects. It helps young people become thoughtful global citizens who can articulate their perspectives on moral perspectives with eloquence. 

Please look at the Edexcel specification for more information about the Religious Studies GCSE course content


Year 10


Year 11