Principal - Toby Eastaugh
Principal - Toby Eastaugh



Curriculum aim

In Hope Sentamu Learning Trust schools, high quality RE is provided for all pupils, which is inclusive and broad minded. Vale of York Academy follows the City of York Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education.

Parents do have the right to withdraw pupils from RE lessons, or any part of the RE curriculum: if you wish to do this, please make an appointment with the RE subject leader in school. Hope Sentamu Learning Trust does not support selective withdrawal from RE. Our schools have a duty to supervise pupils withdrawn from RE, though not to provide additional teaching or to incur extra cost. Where the pupil has been withdrawn, alternative arrangements will be made for RE of the kind the parents/guardians want the pupil to receive. These arrangements will be made by the parents/guardians;- the school is not expected to make these arrangements. This RE could be provided at the school in question, or by another school in the locality. If neither approach is practicable, the pupil may receive external RE teaching as long as the withdrawal does not significantly impact on the child’s attendance.

Religious Education (RE) and Personal, Social, Health and Citizenship Education (PSHCE) offers students the opportunity to learn about world religions, ethics and politics of the UK and around the world and personal, social and mental health. Students will be given the skills to develop into good citizens. There will be a focus on managing money, the importance of work and aspirations.

Key stage 3 curriculum overview

Across KS3 students will learn about the four major world religions: Christianity, Islam, Buddhism and Sikhism. Students will engage in a robust careers programme that aims to raise aspirations and encourage students to aim higher to achieve their goals – and come to the realisation that nothing can be out of their reach if they work for it. Students will complete a varied course of PSHCE topics from puberty to personal safety. Students will also complete a series of topics that help them to understand democracy and government around the world. This includes a model United Nations project and a Mock General Election.

Key stage 4 curriculum overview

In RE students will follow the EDUQAS: Route A Religious Studies, Short Course.

Through this GCSE students will deepen their knowledge and understanding of the Christianity and Islam. They will examine and discuss moral issues around topics such as relationships, life and death and the beginning of the universe. 



Through PSHCE lessons students will deepen their knowledge and understanding of RSE (Relationship and Sex Education) issues such as consent, parenting and body image. They will engage with work experience to develop their employability and key skills; have crucial experience of life in working world, and gain all-important references from employers to take forward into further education, training and the workplace. There will also be a strong focus on independent advice and guidance. Most students, by the end of year 11, will have had access one-to-one independent careers advice and guidance through external agencies. They will also work on essential skills, such as CV writing, completing college applications and learning about personal finance and general financial well-being to equip them with the necessary skills and knowledge as they take their next steps in their educational journey.


KS4 RE Revision – BBC Bitesize – Beliefs and Teachings of Christianity and Islam – SENECA – Full course

Extra information for all GCSE classes can be accessed through their own Google Classroom. 

Career destinations

Religious Education is great for any kind of career that involves tolerance, understanding, empathy and patience. Popular careers for people with Religious Education qualifications include: Counselling, Healthcare, Policing, Social work, Teaching and Youth work.

Useful Links – GCSE BBC Bitesize   –   KS3 BBC Bitesize – Revision World

Keep in touch

Subject Lead for RE & PSHCE is Mrs Brown who can be contacted by email at 



Friday 24th June - city athletics semi finals and we took 46 talented pupils in all year groups and events! Team VOY did very well today with a good array of 🥇🥈🥉 Well done to all the pupils, you were totally awesome 😎 results to follow on Monday 🏆…