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 St Joseph with baby JesusAt St. Joseph's all students study Religious Education as a core subject. Throughout this course students are challenged to evaluate their attitudes, behaviour, opinions and values. They are free to develop their own relationship with Christ. Students of all or no religious background are invited to learn about and share their faith and life experiences within a Catholic educational framework.

Students are taught by well qualified teachers, who have high expectations of all students. They do their best to help all students to develop their full potential not only in the physical, material and academic sphere but also in their spiritual and emotional lives.

Spiritual Development

We aim to assist the spiritual and moral development of our pupils inspired by the Gospel as a community of faith. The most important development is the pupils’ own relationship with God which can only be developed in freedom.

Pupils are offered the opportunity to reflect and pray through meditation which is done in RE lessons. Penitential services during Advent and Lent offer students a chance to celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Most lessons begin with a prayer or moment of reflection.

Academic Development

During Years 7 and 8 pupils follow the Icons Programme. Specifically, Year 7 pupils study the following topics: Bible, Prayer and Mass (Autumn Term); Advent, Christmas, Lent and the Sacrament of Reconciliation (Spring Term); Holy Week, Easter and Baptism (Summer Term). Year 8 pupils study the following topics: Jesus the Jew, Jesus' vocation and Religious apostolic and contemplative life (Autumn Term); People of God and Passover, Jesus the Saviour and the Sacrament of the Sick (Spring Term); Pentecost and Confirmation, Building the Kingdom of God on Earth, Cafod and SVP and Saints as role models (Summer Term). In both Year 7 and Year 8 we also learn about other religions. Additional curriculum information can be obtained from the Head of Religious Education. 

Pupils’ progress is regularly monitored and assessed by the class teacher. Summative assessments are done at the end of every school term, hence there are three summative assessments. Also, subject specific vocabulary is examined three times a year.

During Years 9, 10 and 11 students follow the Edexcel GCSE course which consists of the following units:

Unit 3: Religion and Life based on a study of Roman Catholic Christianity:

3.1. Believing in God
3.2. Matters of life and death
3.3. Marriage and the family
3.4. Religion and community cohesion

Unit 10: Catholic Christianity:

10.1 Beliefs and values
10.2 Community and tradition 
10.3. Worship and celebration
10.4 Living the Christian life















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