Religious Studies is taught as a discreet subject from Years 3-8, and the department consists of no fewer than three specialists who deliver a broad and thoroughly modern curriculum. In Years 3-6, pupils study all six world religions – Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Sikhism, Hinduism and Buddhism – as well as units of work on religious buildings, worship in the community and rites of passage. When pupils enter Year 7, they begin the Common Entrance syllabus which comprises three elements: the study of theology through key biblical texts, philosophy through significant philosophers and basic human questions about value and meaning, and the study of religion in world religions.
The Religious Studies department plays a central role in supporting the Christian ethos of the school and, as a result, aims to develop the values of tolerance and respect. Pupils explore moral and ethical issues from a variety of perspectives and they also have the opportunity to reflect on existential questions such as why we are here.
“When men choose not to believe in God, they do not thereafter believe in nothing, they then become capable of believing in anything.” G.K. Chesterton