Theology, Philosophy & Ethics (TPE)

Pupils develop a strong moral compass … [and] have a strong spiritual understanding, as well as an appreciation for the non-material aspects of life. They have an excellent understanding for the need for reflection … and this forms an important part of their journey through school.

ISI Inspection 2018

Studying TPE at Pinewood creates the opportunity for each child to study religion and the nature of God, question and discuss philosophical concepts and consider ethical dilemmas. Connections with other subject areas, including History, Geography, Science and Life Skills are reinforced, and the vision and values of the school are embedded within the curriculum.

Classrooms are regarded as a ‘safe space’ where an atmosphere of mutual respect, consideration for others and open-mindedness is fostered. As a department we seek to equip pupils with the skills needed to face the modern world as confident individuals, clear of their own views and respectful of the views of others, whilst at the same time allowing them space to develop their own spiritual, moral, and ethical beliefs.

Through our integrated Spoken Language and Listening Skills programme, the department encourages every child to develop methods to express their own opinions and to develop higher order critical thinking skills through verbal activities including debates and presentations. Pupils are encouraged to listen to and thoughtfully question or comment upon the ideas of others, demonstrating respect for alternative points of view.

Academically, study skills and literacy are incorporated within lessons, such as writing balanced arguments, answering opinion-seeking questions and carrying out research projects utilising both ICT and the library.

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‘The study of the nature of God and of religion and religious beliefs’

We aim to:

Develop an appreciation of, and increase the pupils’ knowledge and understanding of different faiths through the study of four major world faiths during the pupils’ time in the prep school: Hinduism (Year 4); Islam, Judaism, (Year 5); Christianity (all age groups across the school).

Incorporate relevant teachings and experiences from other faiths and belief systems such as Buddhism and Sikhism.

Apply key teachings and principles to the pupils’ lives today and understand how they could be relevant in future.

Inculcate the spirit of the school by reinforcing the vision and values of the school.


‘The love of, or the search for, wisdom or knowledge’

‘The study of human morals, character, and behaviour’

We aim to:

Develop the pupils’ abilities to respond, reflect, reason and re-evaluate their own ideas in response to different stimuli.

Develop the pupils’ skills to pose difficult questions, to facilitate the discovery of answers and to help clarify their reasoning, for example: What is the meaning of life? What is fair and unfair? What is real?


‘Moral principles, beliefs and rules about right and wrong that govern a person’s behaviour’

We aim to:

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.

Develop and apply concepts of tolerance, decency, good manners, honesty and a consideration for others using accounts from religious text and examples from the contemporary world.

In the Pre-Prep, pupils are introduced to Religious Studies 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.

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