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Crayford Academy

Religious Studies

Religious Studies

Overview of the Religious Studies Department

The outcome of Religious Education at Haberdasher's Crayford is “religiously literate and engaged young people who have the knowledge, understanding and skills – appropriate to their age and capacity – to reflect spiritually, and think ethically and theologically, and who are aware of the demands of religious commitment in everyday life.” - Religious Education Curriculum Directory 

We therefore seek:   

  • To present engagingly comprehensive content which is the basis of knowledge and understanding of the Christian faith 
  • To enable pupils continually to deepen their religious and theological understanding and be able to communicate this effectively. 
  • To raise pupils’ awareness of religious faiths, traditions and communities in order to respect and understand them  
  • To present an authentic vision of religious moral and social teaching so that pupils can make a critique of the underlying trends in contemporary culture and society 
  • To develop the critical faculties of pupils so that they can relate their beliefs to daily life 
  • To enable pupils to relate the knowledge gained through Religious Education to their understanding of other subjects in the curriculum 
  • To bring clarity to the relationship between faith and life, and between faith and culture. 

Meet the Religious Studies teachers

Name Role About them 
A. Foster  Teacher of Religious Studies

A. Foster is a Philosophy specialist who has taught Religion, Philosophy and Ethics for the last 8 years. 

She joined Crayford in September 2020. 

C. Durguo  Teacher of Religious Studies  C. Durguo joined the academy in 2019. 
J. Pauvaday Subject Leader of Religious Studies Ms Pauvaday joined the academy in February 2020. She has a wealth of experience as a Sociology, Psychology and Philosophy teacher. 

Curriculum Statement

Key Stage 3

At KS3 students are offered the opportunity to learn about both Abrahamic and Eastern faiths through their shared histories and narratives.  This then allows them to make direct comparisons between the faiths and their divergences. In addition to this they will be introduced to lesser-known world faiths to develop their understanding of their place as global citizens. 

View our Key Stage 3 Religious Studies Curriculum Map 

Key Stage 4

Students who choose to study the subject at KS4 with take AQA GCSE. This allows then to study both Christianity and Islamic beliefs and practices in depth, before applying this knowledge to variety of contemporary issues.  This prepares them to participate as empathetic citizens within modern Britain as well as developing the skills of textual analysis and argument analysis required at A-Level. 

View our Key Stage 4 Religious Studies Curriculum Map 

Key Stage 5

At A-Level students take OCR Religious Studies which is a rigorous course of study that prepares learners for progression to Higher Education. The content is designed to provide a coherent and thought-provoking programme of study and largely comprises the study of Philosophy as well as Christianity.   

View our Key Stage 5 Religious Studies Curriculum Map 

How does Religious Studies prepare students for the next stage of their education or employment?

The study of Religion and Philosophy at A-Level are desirable subjects by many universities as the skills developed are transferable to a wide variety of undergraduate degree programs.  Career paths are also wide ranging and include fields such as politics, medicine and teaching.


More Information

More information about our curriculum can be found by looking at our curriculum overviews