Religious Studies is taught to all students in the First to Third Forms (ages 11-14).
The Lower School course (for First to Third Form students) entitled ‘Being and Becoming’ introduces students to the distinctive study and nature of religion and spirituality. Throughout the course the students will be led through a paradigm of teaching that focuses on key questions that are explored through world views. All of the main six world religions are explored throughout the course as well as secular and postmodern world views. The course seeks to equip students with the ability not just to articulate their own responses to the key questions but also to discover the nature of their own responses. Students will also be introduced to the non-statutory National Framework for Religious Education assessment levels (1-Exceptional Performance) where they will be given assessment tasks that will gauge their progress against these national assessment levels.
In the Second and Third Form students focus their study on the world religions of Judaism, Christianity, Islam Sikhism and Buddhism. ‘Faiths in the City’ is an annual all-day event for the Third Form students who have the opportunity to engage with people of different faiths from the local community and beyond and experience and take part in practical workshops that actively explore the relevance and importance of the world faiths in Britain today.
In the Fourth and Fifth Forms (ages 14-16), students have the opportunity to study AQA GCSE Religious Studies (Ethics, Philosophy and Religion in Society) which includes exploration of two Units: Religion and Life Issues and Religious Philosophy and Ultimate Questions. Fifth Form Students have the opportunity to take part in the annual GCSE retreat and revision weekend in Whitby.
In the Sixth Form, students study A Level OCR Religious Studies focusing on the Philosophy of Religion and Religious Ethics modules at AS and A2.
The Department makes a significant contribution to the Sixth Form’s General Studies programme through the study of AQA AS Philosophy.
The range of courses taught within the Department is complemented by its broad programme of extra-curricular activities which includes, the Interfaith Forum, the PeaceJam Society, the Philosophical Society and the annual Inter-Schools Model United Nations competition. Students also attend the annual PeaceJam Slam and PeaceJam Weekend events held at Bradford University. This year the students met the inspirational Nobel Peace Laureate Adolfo Pérez Esquivel at the PeaceJam Weekend and delivered a whole school assembly following on from their experiences of this event.
The Department is characterised by an open-minded approach to key issues of life, belief and practice which aims to develop an ethos of mutual understanding, respect, tolerance and empathy.