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RE Department Curriculum Intent

“to realise our true value as children of a God who loves us”

Our RE department reflects the Catholic nature of the school with the purpose of developing a dignity and respect of our true selves that comes with academic learning. Our curriculum exists to encourage robust scholarship through a rigorous, challenging and ambitious curriculum for every pupil. Our goal is to shape and send out young people to engage positively within a diverse Britain.

Our deep and broad curriculum is in line with the Bishops Conference Curriculum Directory and the Catechism of the Catholic Church. The curriculum and staff promote open minded and open hearted pupils who learn to live out the Catholic character and identity of the school, supported by the Ullathorne Way Values and example of Christ.

We believe that the department follows the example and teachings of Jesus to serve our students and ultimately give them the knowledge and skills to be positive participants in our future society. We are a team of staff who are role models of the values we teach; integrity, faithfulness, morality, respect and tolerance.

Prayer life of the school

Prayer is central to all we do here at Bishop Ullathorne. Each day begins with an act of worship in tutor time or assembly. Prayer is led by our students who are encouraged to create their own prayers. Resources are provided for staff and students to support in this. 
At the end of every day we stop and prayer together in class before we travel home for the day.

Our Bishop Ullathorne school prayer was written by Thomas Wright a Year 11 student in March 2022

Bishop Ullathorne Catholic School
School Prayer

Heavenly Father,
Thank you for the unique gifts and talents that overflow from our school community.
We pray that we can do wonderful things with the power and knowledge of God’s love.
Help us to grow in compassion that we may become examples of understanding and love.
Help us to grow in eloquence so that our words can make a positive impact.
Help us to grow in attentiveness so that we can assist the needs of others.
Help us grow in wisdom and curiosity to reach our full potential.
Help us to grow in faith actively following You.
You have united us as one family and as one family we will grow.
Bishop Ullathorne pray for us.

Written by Thomas Wright

The School Motto

The phrase Soli Deo Gloria has been used throughout the tradition of the Church to demonstrate how human work is to honour God. Our work and actions are also produced for the sole purpose of praising and giving Glory to God. We are reminded that Jesus states: “ apart from me you can do nothing” (John 15:5) and encouraged that “nothing is impossible with God” (Luke 1:37)

“For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.” them.” [Ephesians 5:8 10] We believe that Catholic Schools are created as part of God’s plan to fulfil good works that He has prepared for us.

have you considered...? philosophy and ethics a-level

Why study Philosophy as a subject?

Religious Studies challenges preconceptions and delves deeply into controversial issues and promotes a sense of problem solving that is needed in modern life. This allows students to engage with, and be more critical of information they’re presented with. There  is a strong moral element that encourages students to develop  their personal response to key issues facing society in the past,  currently and in the future.
Religious Studies is widely accepted as a challenging course which prepares students well for future learning.

Philosophy and Ethics gives me the essential skills I will need for my further study at University
Studying Philosophy gave me the ability to reason effectively, question and formulate ideas.
Philosophy and Ethics gave me the ability to challenge ideas and argue effectively for a point of view. I use these skills to help my progress in other subjects.
I never really understood my own or other people’s morals until I studied Ethics


why study philosophy at bishop ullathorne 6th form

Religious Studies is the highest achieving subject in the school (70% A*-B), and well above the national average (51%). It is taught between two experienced teachers who cover each of the three strands in parallel. This prepares students highly effectively for the application of knowledge, cross overs between topics, and a synoptic viewpoint of the course. Students are supported through bridging tasks, early induction tasks as well as tailored support from teachers through regular coaching meetings.


what career/future courses might philosophy prepare me for?

40% of Religious Studies Graduates go into Law and Social Services. Other main areas of study include Journalism, police, Management, Charity/ NGO work, international relations and Psychology. 
The top 25 Universities recommend Religious Studies for Degrees such as History, Politics, Law and English.


Exam Boards and Specifications

GCSE - WJEC Eduqas Level 1/Level 2 GCSE (9-1) in Religious Studies (C120PB)

A Level - OCR Level 3 Advanced GCE in Religious Studies Option A (H573A)