Miss M Bousfield

Mr T King (Curriculum Lead for Religious Education)

Fr J Ruszniak (College Chaplain)

Mrs L Roberts


Subject Overview

Religious Education is central to the life and mission of Savio Salesian College.  As a school in the Salesian tradition we take seriously the beliefs and values of our founder St Don Bosco who taught us the following:

“Do you want to do a holy thing? A most holy thing? A truly holy thing? Then educate the young”

 St Don Bosco


At Savio Salesian College there is a strong Catholic culture and ethos. The spiritual life of the college is well resourced and taken extremely seriously. Ample opportunities for spiritual growth are provided through assemblies, daily acts of collective worship, positive pupil-centred relationships, retreats and pilgrimages.

There is a robust chaplaincy programme lead by our Chaplain, Fr Jakub Ruszniak. The willingness of the entire community to provide such opportunities is overwhelming.

Residential and one-day retreats are offered at appropriate times of the year. Planning and leadership of such events is undertaken collaboratively between the college Chaplin, the RE team and the Pastoral team.

Key Stage 3 Overview (Years 7-9)

Pupils receive 4 hours of RE over a fortnight and are set by ability. The key stage 3 program of study follows the People of God national framework specially tailored and edited to suit the ethos of our Salesian school. Students in key stage 3 will study 6 topics over the course of the academic year.

Year 7 program of study

  •          An introduction to the Salesian family
  •          Catholic Identity
  •          Who is Jesus
  •          What is the Kingdom of God
  •          Challenges to belief in God
  •          Eastern religions

Year 8 Program of study

  •          History of the covenants
  •          Jewish belief  and practice
  •          Reconciliation
  •          Catholic faith in action
  •          Community and wider issues
  •          Islam

Year 9 Program of study

  •          Why do people believe in God
  •          Catholic values and ultimate questions
  •          The sanctity of life 


Key Stage 4 Overview (Years 10-11)


Pupils in Key Stage 4 receive between 4 or 5 hours of RE over a fortnight and will be set by ability. The key stage 4 program of study follows the Edexcel Religious studies Catholic Christianity with Judaism course.


Year 10 + 11 Program of study

Catholic Christianity Study area1

  • Beliefs and teachings
  • Practices
  • Sources of wisdom and authority
  • Forms of expression and way of life

Judaism  area 2

  • Beliefs and teachings
  • Practices

Philosophy and ethics area 3

  • Arguments for the existence of God
  • Religious teachings on relationships and families in 21st century Britain


Current Year 11 Pupils

Students  currently in year 11 (2016-2017)  receive 4 hours of RE over a fortnight and are set by ability. Due to the changes in the GCSE RE course this will be the final cohort of students completing the Edexcel Religion and Life and Religion and Society Religious Education course.

Current year 11 program of study (legacy)

Unit 1

  • Belief in God
  • Matters of life and death
  • Marriage and family
  • Community cohesion

Unit 8

  • Rights and responsibilities
  • Medicine and the environment
  • Crime and punishment
  • Peace and conflict.