Religious Education at Ripley St Thomas plays a key role in the academic, personal and spiritual development of our pupils. Through a rigorous, academic and engaging study of religion, pupils gain an understanding of how different beliefs and values affect our lives on a personal level and develop an awareness of the influence of religions in shaping contemporary British society. Pupils are introduced to world religions as living and contemporary faiths, the study of which contributes towards pupils learning to respect and critically engage with beliefs and practices. We continually seek to break down stereotypes, prejudices and ignorance of people’s beliefs, cultures and practices and challenge pupils to critically reflect upon and discuss their views, beliefs and opinions. We encourage our pupils to develop well-informed personal opinions about the religious and moral issues studied and equip them to challenge the beliefs of others in a respectful and academic manner.
At the heart of all we do is the desire to develop within our young people a personal spiritual awareness and to facilitate the opportunity for them to critically explore matters of faith, belief, morality and spirituality as a part of their own personal spiritual journey. Christianity lies at the heart of the curriculum and we aim to reflect the Christian Gospel in all we do. However, Religious Education is also an academic discipline and there is no burden upon pupils to change their personal beliefs through the course of study. Pupils from all faiths, and none, are able to enjoy engaging with inspiring R.E. whilst developing transferrable skills that will help to prepare them for life-long learning.
For further details about the RE curriculum at each Key Stage and the Archbishop of York award delivered through RE in year 7, please click on the links below.