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Religious Studies

Religious Studies gives students the opportunity to explore the rich diversity of beliefs and practices within our multi-cultural society, alongside their own values and ideas.  We aim to provide students with a platform to debate thought-provoking philosophical and ethical issues in an environment that promotes understanding and respect for other peoples’ beliefs. Religious Studies is an exciting and dynamic subject that inspires curiosity and celebrates the differences within our world.

Our curriculum in Years 7, 8 and 9

In Years 7, 8 and 9, students learn about the beliefs and practices of Christianity, Judaism, Hinduism, Sikhism, Buddhism and Islam.  Alongside this, we explore themes such as martyrdom and inspirational people within religion.  In Year 9, students also have the opportunity to expand their ability to think critically, requiring them to ask questions such as ‘Is there life after death?’, ‘Should Euthanasia be legalised?’ and ‘Are religion and science enemies or allies?’.

Curriculum Map Religious Studies

Our Upper School Curriculum

Our Sixth Form curriculum

Enrichment opportunities

At Key Stage 3, students have the opportunity to enter the ‘Schools Bible Competition’.

At GCSE, we run visits to places of worship such as Guildford Cathedral.  Speakers are also invited into lessons to talk on topics such as medical ethics and charity.

At A-level, we run study days to conferences held by Candle Revision and Young Theologians.