Welcome to the Theology Department

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Department Staff



Mr L Connolly Deputy Headteacher/Director of Theology & Religious Life
Mr P McCarthy Lead Practitioner/Chaplaincy Coordinator/ KS4 Year 11 Coordinator
Mr M Poulter KS3 Coordinator 
Mr A Kennedy KS4 Year 10 Coordinator
Ms C Beards KS5 Coordinator
Mr J Venables Teacher of Theology
Ms T Aleshe Teacher of Theology

Theology is the “core of the core subjects” in a a Catholic school (Pope St. John Paul II)

As such, the teaching of Theology is at the very heart of our mission and vision within Catholic education.

The Aims of Theology

  • To present a comprehensive content which is the basis of knowledge and understanding of the Catholic faith;
  • To enable pupils to deepen their religious and theological understanding and be able to communicate this effectively;
  • To present an authentic vision of the Church’s moral and social teaching so that pupils can make a critique of the underlying trends in contemporary culture and society;
  • To raise pupils’ awareness of the faith and traditions of other religious communities in order to respect and understand them;
  • To develop the critical faculties of pupils so that they can relate their Catholic faith to daily life;
  • To stimulate pupils’ imagination and provoke a desire for personal meaning as revealed in the truth of the Catholic faith;
  • To enable pupils to relate the knowledge gained through Theology to their understanding of other subjects in the curriculum;
  • To bring clarity to the relationship between faith and life, and between faith and culture.
  • The outcome of excellent Theology 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.
Theology Overview | Princeton Theological Seminary

Key Stage 3

Students follow an adapted version of ‘The Way, The Truth and The Life’ syllabus in Key Stage 3

Year 7 

  • ABC (About Being Catholic)
  • The Old Testament
  • New Testament (Jesus and the Gospels)
  • New Testament (The Early Church)
  • Additional unit – Focus on Hinduism 

Year 8

  • The Church in Britain
  • The Covenant
  • Mystery of the Eucharist
  • The Paschal Mystery
  • Mission of the Church
  • Mission of the Church ( History of the Church)
  • Additional unit – Focus on Islam

Year 9

  • The History of the Church 
  • The Beauty of Church
  • Life in the Spirit and Truth
  • God’s Call to Goodness
  • Additional unit – Focus on Judaism


Key Stage 4 – Year 10 & 11

GCSE Religious Studies for Edexcel A: Catholic Christianity with Islam and Judaism Student Book: Amazon.co.uk: Lewis, Andy, Rowan, Paul, Hobday, Cathy, Wood, Cavan: 9780198370468: Books

Students study the GCSE in Theology (Edexcel Specification A). They will take the following exam papers:

Paper 1A: Catholic Christianity (1h 45mins / 50%)

Paper 2F: Judaism (50mins / 25%)

Paper 3A: Philosophy and Ethics [Catholic Christianity] (50mins / 25%)

Edexcel GCSE Specification

This specification includes contemporary and philosophical topics such as the ‘Existence of God’, the ‘Problem of Evil’, Life after Death, Abortion, Euthanasia, Freedom of Speech, Marriage and the Family.  However, pupils also gain a deeper insight into the Roman Catholic faith studying such topics as the Trinity, Apostolic Tradition, Papal Authority, the Sacraments, Vocation and the Sermon on the  Mount.

As a result, the course asks students to consider various challenges to the Catholic faith and the Church’s moral teaching. From this enquiry, pupils will search their own conscience and be equipped to articulate their faith in the wider world. Moreover, they will also have the critical thinking skills and the knowledge to follow their own vocation with confidence.

Key Stage 5

Students of Philosophy (Philosophy, Theology and Ethics) at Trinity are invited to grapple with some of the most profound questions of the human experience: Is there a God? Why are we here? Why is there anything at all? What is it to be moral?

This rigorous course often takes learning beyond the classroom.  Lectures, visiting speakers and societies combine to develop in all our pupils a scholarly and multi-disciplinary understanding of the world building up fundamental, transferable skills.

The subject welcomes people from all faith traditions and none. Be prepared to read up on everything from Plato to NATO as we hope you enjoy constructing and deconstructing arguments and working together to solve the problem of knowing what we do and do not know.

Students study A Level Philosophy & Ethics (OCR Religious Studies).

This course comprises three units: 

Philosophy of Religion, Religious and Ethics and Development of Christian Thought.