Religious Studies

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“We are what we repeatedly do; excellence, then, is not an act but a habit”

Philosophy of the department
By teaching students about the six main faiths in the world, with a focus on what we can learn from these faiths, we provide students the opportunity to consider the deeper questions about meaning and purpose in life, such as ‘Why is there something, rather than nothing?’ and ‘Why am I here?’.  Giving students the arena to develop their opinions, allows us to contribute to their spiritual, moral and personal development, in addition to developing academic skills such as balanced evaluations, critical awareness and the ability to understand and to empathise with the beliefs and experiences of others.

What we expect from our students
Students do not have to be religious to study this subject.  However, they should be open-minded and interested in reflecting on their own experiences of faith, as well as those of others.  A willingness to think about their own opinions and an ability to respect the views of others will allow students to grow up with tolerance, understanding, as well as an appreciation of their own beliefs.

Your teachers will assist your general learning, allowing you to become life-long learners, but knowledge and wisdom can be achieved only by your own reflection and consideration of what you have learned.

Teachers are committed to the learning of their students, enabling them to attain and even exceed their minimum expectations.  We are rigorous in our planning and have a vast amount of experience and expertise within the team.  We implement different teaching strategies in our lessons to provide students with challenging objectives, a variety of choice and assessment, including collaborative tasks, all of which is underpinned by a sense of enjoyment.

The Religious Studies Team:

Mrs C Shelley, Acting Head of Religious Studies

Mrs S Heaton