Religious Studies is an exciting and dynamic department that seeks to educate students, not only in the basics of religion, but to encourage students to consider major philosophical and ethical ideas.
In Years 7-9, students will gain a basic knowledge of the six world faiths and how they have shaped our communities, our nation and the world. Various themes of philosophy are explored, including many existential questions and students will leave lessons with more questions raised than answered. Students enjoy RS throughout the school and it is a popular subject at GCSE and A Level. Our course at GCSE and AL is named ‘Philosophy and Ethics’. Be warned, we encourage our students to raise these important and relevant issues around the dinner table!
Whether one believes in a religion or not, and whether one believes in rebirth or not, there isn't anyone who doesn't appreciate kindness and compassion- Dalai Lama
At Key Stage 3, students study all the main six world faiths and also the following themes –
Year 7 - Abraham and Isaac, existence of God, inspirational individuals and religious experience
Year 8 – Festivals of light, pilgrimage and life after death
Year 9 – Relationships and sexuality, medical ethics, the problem of evil and The Shoah
We study AQA GCSE Specification A – Religious Studies.
Main beliefs, teachings and practices of two religions (Christianity and Hinduism)
We study AQA Religious Studies at A Level
We run the club ‘Horizons’ – which is a current affairs club on a Friday for all students.
We have run many trips abroad to Malta and Rome and this year, will be running a trip to Poland to visit the sites of Auschwitz – Birkenau for students in Years 10 – 13.