Philosophy & Religion
The study of religion and the elements within it is imperative to a holistic education. In the department of Philosophy and Religion we develop pupils' skills to be able to examine, talk about and understand the world’s major religions as well as the ability to discuss ethical issues and philosophical concepts. In doing so, pupils are encouraged to develop a sense of self-worth, duty, responsibility and respect for others. Nurturing lively and enquiring minds, the subject encourages pupils to appreciate diverse and contrasting beliefs and to develop the ability to argue cogently and rationally.
Learning outside the classroom and inspiring pupils to engage with the broader subject area is vital. Understanding the way in which we behave in society, how we believe, the questions of morality and faith are all subjects discussed daily in our newsfeeds.
All pupils study Philosophy and Religion in Years 7 to 9 and the subject is a popular choice at GCSE and A Level.
In the First and Second Forms (Years 7 & 8) we deliver an in-depth evaluation on the six major religions, covering the three prominent Eastern faiths and practices.
The innovative curriculum for the Third Form (Year 9) has themes which are especially relevant in the twenty-first century such as: an analysis of cults and new religious movements; the dangers of extremism, radicalization and the manipulation of faith; and an introduction to ethics and ethical thinking..
The GCSE course in Philosophy and Religion involves an evaluation of both the philosophical and ethical concepts within Christianity, Islam and Buddhism.
In the first year of the A level course pupils study the first 6 topics in each section and the remainder in the second year. The course is split into thirds between Philosophy, Ethics and Christian Theology. There is a wide variety of topics covered, varying from the ancient philosophy of Plato and Aristotle to Arguments for the existence of God and from Meta-Ethical Theories to Christian Moral Principles. A great aspect of this exciting course is that more weight is given to the pupils’ opinion and evaluation over knowledge and regurgitation in the final A Level examinations.
The department promotes curiosity, initiative and adaptability of mind in pupils to nurture them into the inspiring young minds of tomorrow.