Religious Education has a key role, contributing to the individual, social, spiritual and moral development of the pupils and students. A multi-sensory approach is used to enable pupils to know and understand ideas and concepts which are often difficult for many of the children who attend St. Dominic’s. Accordingly, visits are arranged to different places of worship including a Baptist Church, a local convent, The London Imperial Museum, a Synagogue, a Mosque, a Quaker Meeting House and a Buddhist temple. Learning is promoted by talks and presentations from visiting speakers. We employ a range of videos and DVDs, artefacts and teaching styles such as role play, use of interactive whiteboard to make the ideas and concepts more concrete and the learning more experiential.
Throughout the school RE is a core subject. In Key Stage Four the pupils are able to gain external accreditation through GCSE and NOCN courses. We are very proud of our academic record. Of our GCSE candidates in 2012 for Religious Studies full course, 80% achieved a grade A* to C pass.
The report from the most recent Section 48 inspection in June 2011 said ‘Religious Education flourishes in the school and has an extremely positive impact on pupils’ understanding of our journey in faith.’