Religious Education

Welcome to possibly the most exciting journey you will ever take. RE is all about thinking, about yourself and your own beliefs and about others with different beliefs, traditions and practices in the wider world. This is sometimes described as philosophy.

In RE we learn how to think about difficult questions with a view to finding some but not necessarily all answers. We look at ethical issues and debate what is considered to be right and wrong, as well as consider why people make such decisions.

To embark on the RE learning journey you need an open mind and an inquisitive nature.  Our aim is to equip all pupils with the relevant skills and confidence to become successful critical thinkers who reach their true potential. Therefore, lessons are delivered in a creative and imaginative way, employing a ‘philosophy of learning and providing opportunities for experiential learning.

What skills will I develop?

RE is a valuable and highly valued subject at St Edward's. RE encourages students to write persuasively, use evidence in support of arguments, and consider the impact of culture and beliefs on decisions.  Students will also gain critical analysis skills as well as empathy with the views of others.

One of the main applications of RE in the ‘real world’ today is being able to understand and write arguments – an invaluable skill in law, medicine, journalism or any of the highly skilled professions our students might be considering as a career in the future.

What do we cover?

RE is all about showcasing a variety of beliefs, traditions, and cultures so that pupils can learn and appreciate their own values, attitudes, and beliefs. RE at St. Edward’s Church of England Academy continues with a strong Christian ethos, however, we focus on all the main world religions with a focus in year 7 on Judaism and Sikhism in year 5. The topics that we focus on serve as a valued comparison and companion to the World Religions previously covered in the first school and the Philosophy and Ethics focus at High School.

Year 5

Year 6

Year 7

Year 8



There are two lessons of RE per week. Pupils are taught in their mixed ability form groups.

Extra-Curricular Activities:

10:10 Ambassadors and our Philosophy group for KS3 students

Community Links:

The department has strong links with St Edwards Church and Rev Nigel Irons delivers some of our school assemblies and supports students who wish to be confirmed.


Year 5 trip to St Edwards Church where pupils learn about the different roles available in the church community and the role of Jesus as a shepherd for Christians.

Derby Faith Trail for year 7 students exploring different religious practices and traditions. Students have the opportunity to visit a Gurdwara, a Mosque, and a Hindu Temple.