George Salter Academy

George Salter Academy in West Bromwich, Sandwell, is a mixed comprehensive school for 11 to 16 year olds.

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Religious Education


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The RE Department at George Salter Academy consists of highly motivated and enthusiastic teachers who are determined to ensure that all students succeed. It is a subject which has great relevance in today’s society and enables all those who study it to appreciate and understand the diversity and importance of religion within a community.

Study Support

The RE Department offers a number of study support sessions for students across different year groups. Key Stage 4 and 5 students are well supported in preparation for their examinations with after school revision, twilight sessions, and holiday activities.



Visit to GurdwaraThere are numerous opportunities for RE trips across all Key Stages throughout the academic year. In the last few years, we have led trips to local places of worship, the Houses of Parliament in London, and a residential to Rome.

In this coming year there are lots of exciting trips planned: trips to an Eco-Centre in Wales, trips to the theatre and lots more.

There are also further extra-curricular opportunities in the Department, such asvisits to local places of worship and trips to the Birmingham Hippodrome Theatre to see "Jesus Christ Superstar".


What the students say about the department

"RE is about sharing your own opinions but listening to others viewpoints. Its where you can get your point across without being afraid."

"The teachers really care about us."



Mrs L. Hickman (Head of RE), email:


Key Stage 3 (Years 7, 8 and 9)

Cefalu Christus Pantokrator croppedRE is compulsory for all students at Key Stage 3.

Year 7

Topics covered:

  • Introduction to World Religions
  • Festivals & Celebrations
  • Parables of Jesus
  • Who is God?
  • Life of the Buddha




Places of worship: Students visit a range of places of worship, to ensure they have deeper understanding of the meanings each place of worship holds for each religion.

Year 8

Students cover moral and ethical issues from a number of different perspectives, including religious and secular views.

Buddha's statue near Belum Caves Andhra Pradesh India

  • Religion V Science
  • Religion and Animal Rights
  • Religion, Prejudice and Discrimination
  • Religion, Crime and Punishment
  • Judaism and the Holocaust

Year 9

Topics covered:

  • Christian Beliefs and Teachings
  • The Issue of Relationships


Key Stage 4 (Years 10 and 11)

identityAll students in the Academy will follow the Eduqas GCSE; Route 1 Specification. This will result in them gaining a full course GCSE in Religious Studies. They will study two religions and 4 philosophy and ethical themes. The GCSE will be broken down into the following:

Year 10:

  • Christian Practices
  • Issues of Life and Death
  • Issues of Good and Evil

Year 11:

  • Judaism: Beliefs and teachings
  • Judaism: Practices
  • Issues of Human Rights


Exam results 2017 2018 2019
GCSE 48.4% - A*-A
90.3% - A*-C
100% - A*-G
25% - 9-7
83.3% - 9-5
100% - 9-1
14.3% - 9-7
28.6% - 9-5
100% - 9-1
Table of GCSE exam results 2015-2018



Key Stage 5 / Post 16

re studentsA-level Religious Studies offers students the opportunity to study a range of faith specific options, whilst ensuring students have a thorough understanding of diverse philosophical and ethical viewpoints. The course features a variety of relevant and contemporary themes helping to inspire engaging classroom discussion.

Students will also gain critical and evaluation skills sought after by higher education and employers.

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