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Religious Studies

The Religious Studies Department delivers a curriculum focussed on the impact and importance of the six main world religions practiced today in the UK and throughout the world e.g. Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism & Sikhism. Students are also introduced to philosophy, morality and ethics and are encouraged to reflect upon their own (and different) responses to key religious, spiritual and non-religious questions. Throughout we aim to make students think, question, evaluate and respect others.

A key feature of the Religious Studies Department is also its reputation for international travel. We continue to play a major role within the school in organising successful adventures to countries all over the world including China, Egypt, India, Israel, Morocco, South Africa, Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands and more recently Namibia (July 2016). These trips are hugely popular.

Namibia, including the Tropic of Capricorn, Namib Desert and Africa Cheetah Reserve (July 2016)

Standing in front of Mount Cotpaxi near Quito; fishing for piaranha in the Amazan and swimming with sealions in the Galapagos Islands (Ecuador & Galapagos Islands, July 2013)

Literally ‘in the lion’s den’; feeding elephants at Knysna and Table Mountain from Robben Island (South Africa, July 2011)

Key Stage 3

The Religious Studies Department follows the ‘Hertfordshire Agreed Syllabus (2012-2017) for Religious Education’. As a general overview pupils consider philosophical questions about the existence and non-existence of God; key religious events (including festivals, pilgrimage and rites of passage); prejudice & discrimination in the context of Judaism and the relevance of key religious beliefs and practices today e.g. the Parables of Jesus; the Sermon on the Mount; the Five Pillars of Faith and Hindu beliefs about life after death etc.

Key Stage 4

Students are following the new GCSE ‘AQA Religious Studies A Specification’ focussing on the principal religions of Christianity and Islam. Throughout this course students cover a variety of religious, philosophical and ethical topics including the nature of God in Christianity and Islam; Christian and Muslim beliefs about abortion and euthanasia; crime and punishment; equality; war and peace; wealth and poverty; animal rights and problems of evil and suffering etc.

Key Stage 5

Students are following the new GCE ‘AQA Religious Studies Specification’ focussing on philosophical arguments for and against the existence of God; atheism; the relationship between religion and morality; religion and sexual identity; problems of religious language; situation ethics and utilitarianism etc.

Finally, we are a successful department with a history of excellent exam results and a reputation for encouraging students to explore and enquire.

Mr J Johnstone (
Head of Religious Studies)