AIMS AND VALUES
All KS3 girls follow a wide-ranging, non-confessional course of Religious Studies in which they learn about and learn from The Bible, Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, Sikhism and Buddhism, as well as considering various personal and social moral questions. At GCSE and A’ level, students enjoy the challenge of studying Philosophy and Ethics. In recent years GCSE results have fallen between B and A*, and 40% of last year’s A level students attained grades A and A*
Each student regardless of her home background, academic ability, philosophical outlook or religious convictions will be encouraged to:
In addition to pursuing its own aims, the department seeks to promote the school’s aims and values in all its activities.
Whilst recognising that the personal, moral, spiritual and cultural development of each student is properly the concern of every department and all members of staff, the Religious Studies Department takes a particular and special interest in these areas. We are committed to providing Religious Education using an inclusive, non-confessional approach. The Religious Studies Department recognises the central importance of Jesus and his Gospel. However, our aim is always to educate, and not to indoctrinate. We are pleased to teach students from a wide variety of religious backgrounds, both Christian and non-Christian as well as those who may have no clearly formulated religious beliefs. We respect the right of all students to maintain and develop their own religious beliefs and values, and view pluralism in a positive rather than a negative light.
RELIGIOUS STUDIES: CURRICULUM
Lower Fifth to Upper Fifth: Religious Studies – GCSE
In the Lower and Upper Fifth, girls may choose to study Religious Studies at examination level as one of their options. At GCSE girls take OCR Religious Studies sections on Philosophy and Applied Ethics.
Lower Fifth to Upper Fifth: General Divinity
Whether or not they choose to study Religious Studies, all girls take one lesson each fortnight of general Religious Education. In these lessons, we examine a variety of religious, social and moral issues and try to develop clear ways of thinking and speaking of difficult matters. Girls are introduced to Ethics and the Philosophy of Religion. They have the opportunity to research topics of particular interest and share their findings with the group. Much of our work in these lessons is discussion based.
Sixth Form: Religious Studies – GCE, AS and A2
Sixth Form students may choose to take Religious Studies A Level. We offer EDEXCEL specification Philosophy of Religion and Ethics modules at AS and A2.
Something you might not know....
The Religious Studies Department runs an annual Religious Studies competition for Year 9 girls, this year on the theme of “Sacred Space”. Girls also enjoy occasional educational visits and talks from outside speakers.