Theology and Philosophy

Theology and Philosophy are areas of academic study that address the most fundamental questions of existence, reality, and human life. At Northampton High School, students are encouraged to think deeply and carefully about as many of these questions as possible, and to discern and develop their own belief systems, whether or not they are adherents to any specific religion. The aims of the Theology and Philosophy Department are therefore very ambitious; through their studies:

- Students are to come to see that they are joining in humanity’s search for truth, participating in the continual ‘conversation’ of philosophers, theologians, and religious believers who have laid the foundations of this search; as such, students are to understand the value and relevance of theology and philosophy in their own lives, and those of others.
- Students are to know and understand contributions made to theology and philosophy by scholars throughout history, so they can appreciate some of ‘the best of what has been thought and said’ in these spheres.
- Students are to know and understand teachings and practices of various religions and philosophies in the world; they are to learn both about and from religion and philosophy.
- Students are to understand, question, and evaluate religious and philosophical views, in order to develop their own religious and/or philosophical beliefs, which they can then express clearly and coherently. 
- As a natural result of all of these endeavours, students are to develop sensitivity, empathy, concern, tolerance, and respect for people, for religion, and for philosophy.


The departments offers a wide range of extra curricular opportunities for students to enrich their experiences; specific examples include:-

- A vibrant Philosophy & Ethics club run every week to discuss issues and different viewpoints.

- GCSE and A Levels students are able to attend the annual Candle Conferences to discuss philosophical and ethical issues of relevance to the course.

- Philosophy & Theology competition; students research a topic of their choice and engage in a critical evaluation of different scholar's views.