Mr T King (Curriculum Lead for Religious Education)

Miss R Cummings

Fr J Ruszniak (College Chaplain)


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 & 8)

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

  • Hinduism

Year 8 Program of Study

  • History of the covenants

  • Jewish belief

  • Jewish practices

  • Reconciliation

  • Catholic faith in action

  • Islam

Year 9 Program of Study

  • Medical Ethics & the Sanctity of Life

  • Why do people believe in God

  • Sikhism

Key Stage 4 Overview (Years 9 - 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 Area 1

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

Judaism Area 2

  • Beliefs & Teachings
  • Practices

Philosophy & Ethics Area 3

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