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As befits an unapologetically Catholic school, the RE Department at The London Oratory School is situated at ‘the heart of the heart’ and the core of the curriculum.  All pupils engage in an enriched diet of Catholic catechesis and evangelisation, fitting them not only for the challenges of growing in faith in the modern world, but also in an understanding of the rich intellectual and spiritual treasury to which they are the heirs. 

key stage 3

Throughout their first three years in the Senior School, pupils engage with the overarching narrative of ‘salvation history’ from the fall of the archetypical human, ‘Adam’ up to and including the incarnation.  Along the way, pupils engage with the patriarchs and the great kings of Israel, such as Noah, Abraham, David and Solomon, amongst others.  They also learn about the ‘life of grace’, and the life of virtue, enriching their participation in the sacraments of the Church and their own growth in wisdom.  Finally, their grounding enables them to explore the only structure that is of divine institution: the Church and are able to sketch its unfolding throughout antiquity, the ‘Middle Ages’ and the Early Modern period.

key stage 4

Qualification Pathway:      GCSE Religious Studies Syllabus B         

Examination Board:            AQA

Method of Assessment:       100% Written Examination – 2 x papers of 1 hr 45 mins each


Boys in the Fourth and Fifth Form are prepared for examination in the AQA Religious Studies B GCSE syllabus. In the fourth form pupils explore their faith by looking at beliefs, teachings, practices, sources of authority and forms of expression within Catholicism. Topics include Creation, Incarnation, The Triune God, Redemption, the Church, and Eschatology.

Fifth form pupils will broaden their understandings of religion and the Jewish roots of Christianity through a study of Judaism and then investigate Catholic teaching in relation to three contemporary ethical issues. Pupils will learn about relationships and families, peace and conflict and human rights and social justice.