St. Olave’s Grammar School celebrates a stunning 96% A*/B grades at A-Level with a total of 75% of all grades at A*/A . Fantastic GCSE results too with 90% of grades at A*/A or the new levels 9/8/7 in Mathematics and English. 67% at A* level

Key Stage 3 Religious Studies

Year 7

Year 7 will begin with a brief introduction to Religious Studies and then move on to explore and reflect upon a range of beliefs and practices within two World Religions, Islam and Christianity.


Introduction to Religion including the nature and scope of religious questions, religious language (with particular reference to some Creation Myths), and religious faith.

  • IPM Assessment – Creation Myths Task

Introduction to Islam including the life of Muhammad, the Five Pillars and the Qur’an.

  • IPM Assessment – An investigation into Hajj (Pilgrimage)

Spring & Summer

Introduction to Christianity including the central teachings of Jesus, the Cross and the Resurrection, the Christian Community (the Church, the Bible, Baptism and Communion) and Jesus’ miracles.

  • IPM Assessment – An investigation of Church Buildings, incorporating data gained from a field trip.

​Year 8

Pupils study a range of beliefs and practices of two World Religions including developing further work studied in Year 7.


The Teachings of Buddha including the Conversion of Gautama, the Three Signs of Being, the Four Noble Truths and the Noble Eightfold Path

  • IPM Assessment – Nobel Eightfold Path – (Beliefs and teachings/meaning and purpose.

The Ways of the Buddha including Karma, Samsara & Nirvana, the Wheel of Life and meditation & worship

Spring & Summer

Christianity belief & practice including Easter, Ascension, Pentecost, early Christianity and the birth of the church.

  • IPM Assessment – Crucifixion – who killed Jesus?

  • IPM Assessment – Interview with Peter – the early church