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Department aims

The department has a number of key aims.

  • Provoke challenging questions about the ultimate meaning and purpose of life, beliefs about God, the self and the nature of reality, issues of right and wrong and what it means to be human.

  • Develop pupils’ knowledge and understanding of Christianity, other principal religions, teachings, practices, and forms of expression.

  • Encourage pupils to develop their sense of identity and belonging, to enable them to flourish individually within their communities, to act with personal responsibility and as citizens in a pluralistic society and global community.

  • Promote opportunities to share, explore and value religious belief and non-religious belief and in this way seek to make a major contribution to our pupils’ spiritual and philosophical development.

  • Challenge pupils to reflect on, consider, analyse, interpret and evaluate issues of truth, values, faith and ethics as informed by religious and secular worldviews and then to be able to communicate their responses.

  • Have an important role in preparing pupils for adult life, employment and lifelong learning as it enables them to develop respect, empathy and sensitivity to others, in particular those whose faiths and beliefs are different from their own. It promotes discernment and enables pupils to challenge prejudice, negative discrimination and racism.

  • In short religious studies has a pivotal role in developing pupils' skills of philosophical and critical analysis.