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Religious Studies and Ethics

We believe that Religious Education develops students to be members of the diverse local, national and international communities. The RE Curriculum helps students look at things beyond themselves, to discover fundamental things about being human and to explore faith, spirituality and an awareness of themselves and others. Whilst students are encouraged to ask and answer challenging and difficult questions this is always done within a context of mutual trust and respect.

KS3- Years 7 & 8

In KS3 the main objective of the course is to provide the students with a good knowledge and understanding of the six major world religions and how these differing views effect people’s position on key issues. These issues include: how the world was created, the concept of charity, the concept of universal Human Rights and the role and purpose of suffering. In lessons the students are always encouraged to express their views, but they are also taught they must always have tolerance towards other faiths and views.

KS4 – Years 9-11

Students do not complete any formal GCSE COURSE, but instead follow a programme that will continue to develop their knowledge and understanding of different religions and their stance on ethical issues which are more suitable to older students.

Across the course of the 3 years the students will study a wide range of issues. The students will study the institution of marriage and divorce from different perspectives. They will look at some religious ceremonies and symbolism behind these rituals. The students will also look at the concept of capital punishment and how different religions have been portrayed in film. Finally the students will look into the various reasons why people do and do not believe in God and the issues of homosexuality, abortion & euthanasia.