Religious Studies

The Religious Studies department aims to give students a platform to explore, discover and question what it means to live in a community; to question areas of Philosophy and Ethics and to understand what it means to be human.

See the Religious Studies Learning Journey

Key staff

Mrs K Collings  Head of Department
Mrs C Fairhurst Teacher of Religious Studies and Sociology
Mr Lee Teacher of Religious Studies and in charge of PSHE and Lifeskills
Mr S Jones Teacher of Religious Studies and Deputy Head
Mrs R Bird Teacher of Religious Studies & PSHE
Mrs R Loxton Teacher of Religious Studies & PSHE

Key Stage 3

At Key Stage 3 students consider a range of ‘ultimate questions’ including: What difference does religion make? What are my rights and responsibilities? Can God and suffering exist? What are the six major world religions and What is truth? Through this, students are invited to engage with current issues including Islamophobia and extremist views as well as tackling considerations about the value of life and the role they should play as a British citizen.

Topics covered

  • Where did religion come from?
  • How did it all begin? Judaism
  • What makes a good leader? Christianity
  • Can religious books be trusted? Islam
  • How do people express the spiritual?
  • Is it challenging to be religious today? Islamophobia/anti-Semitism
  • Why should God be worshipped? Hinduism
  • Why is there suffering? Buddhism/Judaism
  • Does equality exist? Sikhism
  • Does religion help people to be good? Christianity/Judaism
  • What difference does it make to believe in…?
  • Do we need to prove God’s existence?
  • What is truth?
  • What difference does it all make? Ethics and morality
  • Should happiness be the purpose of life? Humanism
  • Is religion a power for peace or a cause for conflict in the world today? Abrahamic faiths/Israel
  • Is death the end? Christianity/Sikhism/world views

Skills include

  • Investigation, Application, Explanation, Analysis
  • Interpreting and evaluating a range of sources, texts and authorities

Key Stage 4

At Key Stage 4 students study a variety of Theological, Philosophical and Ethical issues from a Christian and Sikh perspective while considering also the views of those of no faith. Students are encouraged to consider and affirm their own points of view as well as considering others. Respect is pivotal in the teaching and learning of these issues, and all Religious Studies/PSHE classrooms demonstrate the school expectations.

Topics covered

  • Beliefs and practices in Christianity and Sikhism
  • Philosophy and Ethics including: relationships and families, inter-faith dialogue and the existence of God and revelation


PSHE is also covered through the curriculum, and delivered by specialist teachers. Students consider a range of areas including; Healthy lifestyles, Sex and relationship education, Social awareness and decision making and risk management. Through this, students are able to explore a variety of topics that affect both themselves and others and come to conclusions as to how they can stay safe and be healthy.

Safeguarding is especially important in these lessons and students are made clear of the confidentiality policy whilst at the same time being made to feel comfortable in their learning environment. Staff have training within department meetings and collaborative planning times to ensure all students are able to access and learn from the PSHE programme.

British Values and the Prevent agenda

British Values and the Prevent agenda

A Level Religious Studies

Religious Studies A Level

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