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South Bromsgrove awarded the Gold Award for the Religious Education Quality Mark

South Bromsgrove has been awarded the Gold Award for the Religious Education Quality Mark.   The RE Quality Mark is a national curriculum award to recognise and celebrate high-quality RE provision for all schools in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, particularly where schools are providing their learners with authentic experiences and contributing to whole school outcomes.   It has two purposes: it recognises good practice in RE and also provides a powerful tool for development.

Teresa Griffiths, PGCE lead, University of Bristol said “An excellent, innovative Department which is supported by the Headteacher, SLT and Governors. This support ensures the subject is given status and opportunities to develop a quality curriculum from KS3 to A Level.   Significant value-added progress evident from GCSE /A Level results compared with local and national data.  Pupils were enthusiastic, well informed and spoke highly of the inspirational teachers.”

Both students and parents were delighted.  Neve Jones said “RS helps you see other people’s point of view and have wider knowledge of different religions”, “RS had broadened my thinking and to see things with a more theological perspective.  It challenges me to think more objectively and consider other people’s culture and beliefs” Alice Witten.  Toby Hodsgson said “What I love about RS is it brings wider understanding of other beliefs and practices.  The subject knowledge empowers you to have confidence and dialogue with people from different cultures”; his mum, Helen Hodgson said “RS has broadened his perspective on how he sees life.

Niamh Baker, a student, said “RS has helped with understanding ethical philosophical and religious viewpoints.  I have loved the different visits to the Mosque and Church and all the varied speakers we have had in class.”  Her mum, Yvonne Baker, said “We are very pleased with the teacher feedback in parents evening and proud of her exercise book.  It has caused so many insightful and challenging discussions at home around the dinner table.”