Religious Studies

The Religious Studies Department is a small but dynamic department comprised of subject specialists who are committed to three main goals:

  • Training pupils to think objectively about every-day truth statements
  • Enabling pupils to choose wisely when faced with every-day moral decisions
  • Encouraging pupils to pursue academic excellence as far as each individual is able

These objectives are facilitated in the following ways:

  • Allocating time within lessons where pupils are encouraged and expected to give their opinions on key topics – and then discuss these with their classmates
     
  • Linking core topics with real-life case studies which enable pupils to observe how theories work out in practice
     
  • Planning lessons which continually stretch and extend pupils’ knowledge and understanding – and which encourage a culture of independent study (e.g. by accessing the age-appropriate extension material on Firefly)

There are currently three courses on offer – each of which has direct and practical relevance to pupils’ everyday life.

Third Form

2017 sees the launch of the Civics Course which is a compulsory element of the Third Form curriculum. Based on the AQA Citizenship GCSE course, Civics seeks to develop pupils’ awareness of being active UK citizens. Using a variety of lively and engaging teaching methods, Civics explores the five core values of British citizenship:

  • Democracy
  • Freedom of speech
  • The rule of law
  • Equality
  • Tolerance

The Civics course aims to be both relevant and practical in the lives of Year 9 pupils.

The course is delivered jointly by the Headmaster and the Rev’d Robin Lapwood.

Fourth Form to Fifth Form

Pupils who opt for the Religious Studies GCSE begin to engage with some of most important philosophical and ethical issues which will face them in adult life.

This new GCSE course is written by the exam board OCR and covers two main areas:

  • The beliefs, teachings and practices of Christianity and Islam
  • Religion, Philosophy and Ethics in the modern world from a religious perspective

The course is broad in its scope but detailed in its analysis and, as such, provides pupils with a wealth of understanding of life in the modern world.

This is a stand-alone GCSE course and is an excellent choice for GCSE pupils who wish to think critically but keep their academic options open for the future – and for parents who want their children to be best equipped to face the moral and ethical challenges of student life.

This course is delivered by the Rev’d Robin Lapwood.

Trips, Activities and Extension 

Philosophy Café: these are either staff or student led discussion forums that happen every half term. Debates cover a wide range of topics including:

  • Why do bad things happen to good people?
  • Should assisted dying be legalised in the UK?
  • Who needs rules?
  • How free is free speech?
  • Is established religion irrelevant in modern society?