Religious Studies

Staff

Miss L. Rutherford (Head of Department)


Miss A. Thacker


Rev Canon A.C. Hutchinson (Chaplain)


Facilities

The department teaches in three newly refurbished rooms in School House, all of which are equipped with Clevertouch smart boards and new audio-visual equipment.

Curriculum

Lower School

We follow a curriculum of our own devising which introduces students to key ideas found in the six major world faiths, as well as introducing philosophical and ethical issues. We encourage students to learn about and learn from religion and encourage critical thinking and reflection. Pupils of all faiths and none are challenged to engage with the most fundamental and difficult questions raised by religion, culture, morality and spirituality.

GCSE

From September 2016 we are following AQA Specification A, studying the beliefs and practices of Christianity and Islam. We will also study ethical themes from the perspectives of these two faiths.

Sixth Form

From September 2016 we are following the AQA Religious Studies course with a focus on Christianity, Philosophy of Religion and Ethics.

Co-curricular Activities

Stretch & Challenge

Our students are encouraged to enter competitions and take part in extension study such as Spirited Arts and Spirited Poetry, organised by NATRE (National Association of Teachers of Religious Education). There is also a weekly discussion group for pupils who wish to explore issues beyond what can be covered in lessons. Lower School Religious Studies classes produce Chapel assemblies on a range of issues arising from their studies or from current affairs.

Trips & Visits

The Department also co-ordinates participation in the Holocaust Education Trust’s annual Lessons from Auschwitz project which enables sixth formers to visit Auschwitz-Birkenau. We also organise trips to the National Holocaust Memorial Centre in Nottinghamshire and the Marie Curie Hospice in Solihull.

Destinations

In recent years students have gone on to read Theology, Philosophy and PPE at Oxford, Nottingham, Durham and Birmingham.

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