We encourage intellectual openness and ensure that pupils are given excellent opportunities to discuss life’s big questions in a safe environment. Lessons are experiential and ‘hands-on’ wherever possible, from Passover to Communion and weddings; baptism to meditation and Hindu puja worship.

KS3

In Year 7, pupils begin to tackle philosophy and answer some of life’s ultimate questions, exploring both religious and scientific answers. They then go on to consider what the impact of belonging to a religion might be. In Year 8, pupils explore the meaning of spirituality according to Hay and Nye, incorporating the study of major world religions. Year 9 pupils concentrate on tackling more in-depth philosophical questions through the study of ethics and ethical decision making, before considering Justice and the issues surrounding the criminal justice system.

GCSE

Religious Studies GCSE composes two elements: the study of two religions and the study of four thematic studies.

The academic discipline of Religious Studies provides important practice of essay writing, debate, comparison, analysis and evaluation, which are transferable to other subjects and further education. 

Furthermore, immeasurable, yet essential, life skills, such as understanding, empathy, reflection and spiritual awareness are gained. Such skills are vital throughout life, particularly in this cosmopolitan age.