Religious Studies plays an important part in the life of the school, where we espouse belief in central truths of the Christian faith, based on our Vision and Values statement.
From this we seek to encourage a view of faiths and religions where we understand the ideas and concepts of others, an appreciation of the points of view of others, sharing and developing ideas which are our own, seeking to be original thinkers.
Our Aims are to:
- Develop an appreciation, knowledge and application of the Christian faith into the pupils’ lives.
- Apply and develop concepts of tolerance, and to respect decency, good manners, honesty and a consideration for others as seen in the accounts of the Bible and contemporary world.
- Study four world faiths in the pupils’ time in school.
- Understand and apply study skills in Religious Studies using visual and written methods.
- Develop the pupils’ own understanding of why we exist and for what purpose, being able to give clear reasons.
- To help prepare our pupils to live fulfilled and purposeful lives in the years ahead, being thoughtful citizens who can contribute meaningfully to the place where they live and work.
- Prepare our pupils to pass Common Entrance and scholarship exams to senior schools.
The department encourages every child to have a voice, to develop ways to express their own opinion and debate a range of topical issues. This shows their ability to listen to and comment upon the ideas of others, demonstrating respect for alternative points of view whilst developing confidence to argue their own way of thinking.
In the Pre-Prep, pupils are introduced through the basics of human life. There are topic studies based on the National Curriculum outlines in Judaism, Sikhism, Islam, places of worship, certain festivals and key events and holiness. Much exploring of this is done in discussion, asking the pupils for their own ideas.
In the Prep School there is an introduction to the key events in the Bible, how the book came to exist and then an exploration of Judaism, Islam, Hinduism and Sikhism and a modern view of how Christianity is viewed. In Upper School (Years 7 and 8) the Common Entrance syllabus and scholarship syllabi (to a varied number of senior schools) are taught, based on the Independent Schools Exam Board’s outline of Old/New Testament topics and contemporary issues in the modern world. Year 8 Scholars, in addition, pursue a Philosophy and Ethics course as part of their studies.