“Be the change that you want to see in the world.”

– Mahatma Gandhi

“If we are to respect others' religions as we would have them to respect our own, a friendly study of the world's religions is a sacred duty.”

Mahatma Gandhi

Religious Studies Department Objectives

Religious Studies helps to increase the understanding and awareness of different faiths, as well as provide the opportunity for students to reflect upon the impact different beliefs have on people's lives. Through this, students also develop skills of evaluation and communication both written and verbal.

We believe that Religious Studies gives pupils a vital chance to explore the deepest and most exacting mysteries concerning the purpose and meaning of life as self-conscious beings. The department recognises the diversity of religious belief, in the community and the school, and seeks to treat each belief system on an equal basis creating an atmosphere of tolerance and mutual respect among pupils.

Key Stage 3

We aim to give a varied, exciting and challenging curriculum that encourages an understanding of, as well as an interest in, many religions. We aim to challenge students to express their own beliefs while also gaining the skills necessary to evaluate a range of different opinions and ideas about philosophical questions and the role of religion in the modern world.

In Year 7 students follow an ‘Integrated Humanities’ course, which covers History, Geography, Citizenship and Religious Studies. The topics covered are:

  • The Crusades - from a religious and historical perspective
  • Living the British Life
  • Earthquakes & Tsunamis
  • Tudor England
  • Rivers and Coasts
  • Crime & Punishment

In Year 8, students have an opportunity evaluate Big Questions, with a focus on exam skills and content. This includes:

  • Term 1: Does the afterlife provide an answer to evil and suffering?
  • Term 2: Do religions promote gender equality?
  • Term 3: Do miracles and revelation prove the existence of God?

Key Stage 4

At GCSE, we follow the GCSE RS Edexcel specification. This involves learning about two religions in depth;

Paper 1: Area of Study 1 – Religion and Ethics (Christianity).

50% written exam

This is a written examination lasting 1 hour and 45 minutes. It includes the study of Christian beliefs, Marriage and the Family,Living the Christian Religious Life and Matters of Life and Death.

Paper 2: Area of Study 2 – Religion, Peace and Conflict (Islam).

50% written exam

Students must study Muslim beliefs, Crime and Punishment, Living the Muslim Life and Peace and Conflict.

This course encourages students to think through some of the most important issues facing us all today, including euthanasia, life after death, the environment, and capital punishment. Students also have the opportunity to learn about Christian and Muslim beliefs and practices.

Year 9 students attending a local Mosque for an Open Day and Exhibition.

Year 10 students attending a revision day at a local secondary school.

Independent Learning Tasks: Homework is an important part of the curriculum and the use of a projects and sketchbook encourages independence, imagination and good practice. Students should click the Show My Homework icon to login.