Religious Education

RE at John Kyrle High School is part of the core entitlement for all students. The School follows the Herefordshire Locally Agreed Syllabus. RE is taught by an enthusiastic team of graduate teachers who seek to share their love of the subject with all those they teach. RE has probably changed more than any other subject since our students parents and carers were at school, encompassing a fascinating and diverse range of philosophical, ethical and theological questions. Humanistic / non-religious worldviews are explored alongside religious perspectives. We want our students to be talking about their learning when they get home from school! In Year 7 - 11 all students receive two lessons of RE per fortnight / cycle. Homework is typically set 2-3 times each half term.

Teaching Staff

Mr Nicholas Wardale – Head of RE, email:
Miss Helen Mather (RE & History)

Mr Thomas Moore (RE & History)

Mr Kristian Phillips (Assistant Headteacher)

Miss Sophie Harding (RE, History and English)

Mr Nick Wardale

Head of RE / Head of Year 9

​​Key Stage 3

Throughout Years 7-9 students study a mixture of thematic and specific religious schemes of work.



Homework plays a vital role in your learning. Your teacher will set you homework 2-3 times each half-term. Please look out for the following tasks typically set during Years 7 & 8. Your teacher may choose to set you different or additional tasks depending on your own learning needs.

Year 7

  • Design a logo to represent the diversity of religions and beliefs found in the UK.

  • Conduct a survey of different beliefs people you know have about the existence of God.

  • ‘What makes me, me’ poster.

  • Learn the spellings of key terms / words; e.g. belief, agnostic, monotheist.

  • An extended piece of imaginative writing.

  • Create a symbol that represents you!

  • Write a prayer that could be used by someone who believes in God.

  • An acrostic poem or a junk model based on one of the creation stories.

  • Create a poster about problems facing the environment.

  • An extended piece of writing about religious responses to environmental problems.

  • Plan and create a vegetarian meal for your family J

  • Research information about Abraham, Moses and / or Elijah.

  • Complete ‘Rebekkah’s Story’ (based on Jewish beliefs about Sabbath)

  • Revise for a test / assessment activity.

Year 8

  • Create an imaginative poster showing ‘The journey of life.’

  • Write a letter explaining what happens at a ‘Brit Milah’ or ‘Infant Baptism’ ceremony.

  • Prepare a speech that you could give at your own coming of age celebration.

  • A Bar / Bat Mitzvah rap…

  • Produce a guide for a couple considering getting married in a Church, Mosque or Synagogue.

  • Design a coffin that reflects your personality.

  • Collect a wide variety of different images of Jesus. Write a short paragraph explaining which your favourite is.

  • Learn the spellings of key terms / words; e.g. parable, disciple, baptism.

  • Write a film review of ‘The Miracle Maker.’

  • Write a modern day version of one of Jesus’ parables.

  • Create your own Easter Garden / stain glass window showing key events from the Easter story.

  • Think of 10 questions to ask about Buddhism. Research the answers to 3 or 4 of your questions.

  • Conduct a survey of different views people you know have about whether money / wealth leads to happiness.

  • A poster highlighting key Buddhist teachings…

  • ‘Life Swap’ empathy project.

  • Revise for a test / assessment.

​​Key Stage 4

All students at John Kyrle work towards the Edexcel GCSE in RE. A 'short course' GCSE route is followed by all students with the option to top this up to a 'full course' GCSE for students who wish to do so. 

Short Course

  • Key Christian Beliefs

  • Intro to Crime and Punishment

  • Key Muslim Beliefs

  • Marriage and Family Life

Full Course

  • Living the Christian Life

  • War, peace and justice

  • Living the Muslim Life

  • Issues of Life and Death

​​Key Stage 5

We offer the linear Eduqas  A level Religious Studies course focusing on Philosophy of Religion, Ethics and Judaism. This is an academically rigorous post-16 qualification. Students are offered the opportunity to take part in visits to places such as London, Amsterdam, New York and Washington DC.


Where might success in RE lead?

A qualification in RE will take our students anywhere they might want to go! They will have developed good people skills. It is a subject that helps people develop empathy for others, an important skill in almost any job that involves meeting and dealing with people; e.g. receptionist, social work, police, legal profession, education, advertising, sales. It has led our past students into other academic fields such as Ethics, Philosophy, Law, Theology, Criminology and Critical Thinking. To our knowledge only one student has gone on to be a vicar!