Religious Studies allows pupils to explore religion or, as we like to see it 'things that matter to them'. Here all or no faiths are treated equally. The mind is stretched and philosophers are moulded. Pupils have the opportunity to explore the fundamental questions of life, like
What is the purpose of life?
Why do people suffer?
Is death the end?
How can I achieve happiness?
In Key Stage 2 pupils explore the life of Jesus and the great Old Testament stories. As pupils move through into year 7 the emphasis is on Christianity and in Year 8 they study an exciting course on the World's great Religions; exploring Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism and Sikhism. The course of study for each year group is a combination of stories, visual information, looking at artefacts and visits to the Chapel and other religious buildings as educational visits.
In Year 9 the pupils will take GCSE Religious Studies either as a Short Course covering moral issues, like abortion, euthanasia, divorce, contraception and the way the media portrays these issues or Full Course covering Mark's Gospel.
As pupils move through to the GCSE phase, having had GCSE opportunity in year 9, the subject becomes optional for years 10 and 11, and if they chose to continue the study of religion they can extend their studies by taking OCR AS Religious Studies. At AS pupils study two modules; first, they study the classic arguments for and against the existence of God, beginning with the philosophy of Plato and Aristotle before turning to more modern thinkers. The challenge of evil and science is examined. The second module looks at ethical theories, like utilitarianism, emotivism, Kantian ethics, natural law and situation ethics and how these theories can be applied to issues like war, peace, abortion, genetic engineering and fertility treatment.