Welcome to Harrop Fold

At Harrop Fold, we are committed to making the difference for all our young people.  Our aim is to produce well-rounded young people who are prepared for our ever-changing world. We do this by focusing on the Personal, Social and Academic aspects of education, which will drive our young people to reach their potential and achieve true excellence.

Religious Education

  • Head of Faculty – Mr D Hargreaves
  • Teacher of RE – Mr P McKenzie

Religious education at Harrop Fold is taught through a thematic approach. Students learn to appreciate the ideas and values of others and identify their roles in the world around them.

Curriculum Intent

The RE curriculum throughout key stage 3 and 4 is designed to promote the spiritual, moral and emotional growth of young people. Throughout their studies, pupils will develop a tolerance of diversity across a variety of cultures, faiths and beliefs. Pupils will experience religion in the real world through visits to religious sites and visits from religious leaders and followers of different faiths. Pupils studying RE will be developing their evaluative skills, sometimes with regards to controversial topics such as abortion and euthanasia.

Curriculum Map

Key Stage 3

Year 7 students study a scheme focused around a range of topics. These include units on Judaism, Christianity and Islam. Students focus on the main tenets of belief, religious practises and what it means to be a believer today.Year 8 students focus on the Eastern religions of Buddhism, Sikhism and Hinduism, asking what role these religions have in the lives of their followers what they can teach others.

Year 9 students follow a more thematic approach to religious issues. They study units such as poverty and wealth; the end of life; medical ethics; religion and science; religion and the media and good and evil.

Key Stage 4

At Key Stage 4, Philosophy and Ethics students will study Religion and Life (Unit 1) and Religion and Society (Unit 8) from the Edexcel GCSE Religious Studies course.Unit 1 will include topics such as; Matters of Life and Death, Marriage and the Family and Religion and Community Cohesion.
Unit 8 will include topics such as; Crime and Punishment, Peace and Conflict and Environmental & Medical Issues.
At the end of the course, students will sit 2 exam papers, each worth 50% of the overall marks.
Philosophy and Ethics will help students to develop their own opinions on controversial issues such as abortion, euthanasia, drugs and alcohol, capital punishment, racism and war. The course allows students to express their own beliefs whilst taking into account the beliefs of others.
The skills that are developed in Philosophy and Ethics, such as debate, enquiry, communication and being able to consider both sides of an argument, will support students in further studies. As students enter the world of work, they will be expected to work alongside people with different opinions/beliefs than their own. Philosophy and Ethics will teach the skills and understanding needed to work with people of all beliefs and cultures. These skills are vitally important in all careers especially professions such as the police force, retail, teaching, the law, the caring professions and the armed forces.


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