Subject Overview

RE is taught alongside History and Geography within the Humanities Department.  RE is the study of religious beliefs, teaching and practices in general and within the UK.  Religion and beliefs for many people forms a crucial part of their culture and identity.  The UK is increasingly multi-cultural and as such society is affected by many religious beliefs and practices.

RE focuses on a study of individual religious beliefs, where those beliefs come from and how those beliefs are put into practice.  It encourages students to consider their own beliefs within this framework and to question those beliefs within themselves, society and compare them to religious beliefs and practices.   As pupils study RE they encounter different societies and cultures.  This helps them realise how nations with different religious views come to rely on each other, especially as the ‘myth’ that we all live together in one “global village” is slowly becoming a reality.  RE can inspire them to think about their own place in the world, their values, their rights and their responsibilities to other people and the society in which they live.

In the Humanities Department we value skills, achievement and the desire for knowledge along with application and effort.


New Forest School aims to give students the opportunity to:

  • Develop their knowledge, skills and understanding of the world and society around them.
  • Understand the origins of religions around the world.
  • Learn about religions of the world and investigate their own thoughts feelings and spirituality.