Christian Theology & Philosophy
Reigious Studies is taught to all students throughout the School. The department's main aim is to ensure that students leave the School with a sound knowledge, appreciation and critical awareness of the Catholic Christian faith. Integral to this aim is the moral and spiritual formation of the students, enabling them to make informed decisions regarding their own faith and values.
The RS Department has three designated teaching rooms, each with SmartBoard technology and audio-visual equipment. We have an expanding resource area of books, videos and CD-ROMs for use by staff and students.
We offer many opportunities for students beyond the classroom. Year 9 have a ‘World Religions’ trip to various places of worship in London and A Level students attend regular lectures and conferences given by experts. There is also a new and growing society called OnTap (On Theology and Philosophy) for Sixth Form students which brings in speakers and hosts discussions of a theological and philosophical nature.
Years 7 to 9
In Years 7 to 9 the department follows a course developed by the Westminster diocese called 'The Way, the Truth, and the Life’. This presents a foundation of the main areas of Christian thought and teachings, whilst encouraging students to begin further enquiry into important religious and ethical questions.
Years 10 & 11
All students follow the AQA GCSE specification. This includes a detailed examination of Mark's Gospel and a study of the effects of the Roman Catholic tradition on behaviour, attitudes and lifestyle. Students are asked to evaluate the differences between the various Christian denominations and how these differences are lived out.
The A Level course follows the OCR specification, looking particularly at issues in Philosophy of Religion and Religious Ethics. Study is made of the key ideas in the development of Christian philosophical thought, through areas as diverse as arguments for the existence of God and Christian teaching on genetic engineering.
The department also delivers the Theory of Knowledge element of the IB curriculum with a careful and broad study of the ways in which we gain knowledge.