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RE Department Curriculum Intent

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.

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The School Prayer:

God has created me to do Him some definite service. He has committed some work to me, which He has not
committed to another. I am a link in a chain, a bond of connection between people. He has not created me for
nothing. I shall do good. I shall do His work.
God our Father, Give us the strength and courage to be our true self. We make this prayer through Christ our Lord.
AMEN

The School Prayer

This prayer is based on the prayer of Blessed John Henry Newman, a Catholic Priest who played a pivotal role in establishing the Diocese of Birmingham in the 19 th Century. Blessed John Henry Newman knew and worked closely with Bishop Ullathorne (the first Archbishop of Birmingham Diocese) and even though their personalities were totally different, they worked effectively to bring the  kingdom of Heaven to Earth. They both had a strong sense of social justice and the need to bring education to the poor and vulnerable. Blessed John Henry Newman’s motto was Heart speaks to Heart” and describes the importance of a deeper conversation and communion with God, which may ultimately reveal our true vocation to do good, and to do his work. 

 

Although the prayer is written by  John Henry Newman, it perfectly describes the experience and vocation of Bishop Ullathorne, through his conversion experience in the Baltic Sea, his ordination into the Benedictine Order, and his role defending the rights of Aboriginals and the imprisoned in Australia. Bishop Ullathorne was a vocal advocate for the role of women in the Church and dedicated the newly  created Archdiocese of Birmingham to Our Lady in 1850.


Whether we feel teaching is our vocation or profession, we are part of an  interdependent community of teachers and students. We must be able to rely and trust on one another, as Bishop Ullathorne and John Henry Newman did. In all things we will persevere to do what is right.

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.

The School Motto:

SOLI DEO
(FOR GOD ALONE)

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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 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.

Why study Philosophy at Bishop  Ullathorne VIth 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.