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Religious Education

The purpose of Religious Education at John Smeaton Academy is to enable students to understand the nature of religious beliefs and how these influence the lives of people in Britain today. A multi-faith syllabus is followed and is designed to consider the needs of pupils form a variety of religious backgrounds or no religious background at all. Students also study moral and ethical issues, matters of race and equality, topics on the environment and wider social concerns.


Students are encouraged to explore their own beliefs and those of others, both religious and non-religious. As well as developing social and literacy skills, we aim to foster an attitude of respect and understanding for those around us, both in school and the wider community.


Students at John Smeaton Academy study Religious Education as a compulsory subject in year 7, 8 and 9 for one hour a week.


  • In YEAR 7 students study the concept of ‘What is Religion’, Christianity, Hinduism and Islam and explore what it means to live in a multi-faith Britain.
  • Students in YEAR 8 further develop their understanding of Christianity and are introduced to Humanism as a non-religious belief system. In addition, marriage across all religions is studied and the question of creation, animal rights and issues of evil and suffering.
  • YEAR 9 students explore sources of authority, matters of life and death, responsibilities and commitments, equality, the environment and charity and service. These are all viewed from both religious and non-religious points of view.


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