"RE makes a significant contribution to pupils’ academic and personal development"

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84.4%

A*-C at GCSE in 2017 – 40% A*-A

Religious Studies

The Religious Studies Department is centred on the students’ acquisition of knowledge about the most influential religious beliefs and practices; understanding and evaluating different philosophical approaches and reflecting on the impact of religious beliefs and values on culture and society. Creative and imaginative teachings and learning strategies are used to engage and stimulate all students across the RS department. The department promotes an enquiring, empathetic and critically aware approach towards the study of the major world religions. Students will be challenged with questions about beliefs, values, meaning, purpose and truth, enabling them to develop their own ideas about spiritual and moral issues. Students will also gain an appreciation of how religion, philosophy and ethics are integral to the morals and traditions of our culture.  They will develop analytical and critical thinking skills, the ability to work with abstract ideas and an understanding of their own identity in relation to the wider community. Through the study of religion, philosophy and ethics, pupils will gain essential skills that will help prepare them for further study and cultivate an inquisitive mind. 

 

“RE can develop children’s knowledge of the values and traditions of Britain and other countries, and foster understanding among different faiths and cultures.” DfE 2017. 

Key Stage 3

At Key Stage 3, students study the major world faiths in a course designed to promote enjoyment, empathy and critical awareness in line with the Hertfordshire 2017 Locally Agreed Syllabus. The ability to reflect on one’s own faith and/or values is also developed.  Diverse and imaginative teaching and learning strategies that engage and stimulate all students are actively encouraged across the department through a new and exciting scheme for learning from September 2017.

 

Key Stage 4

At Key Stage 4, from September 2017, Year 10 students will follow the new Eduqas Religious Studies Route A: Component 1 - Christianity: beliefs, teaching and practices, Component 2 - Religious, Philosophical and Ethical Studies in the Modern World and Component 3 – Hinduism: beliefs, teaching and practices. Through Component 2 pupils will be engaging with issues they may encounter in their daily lives including attitudes to conflict, explanations for evil and suffering, relationships and matters of life and death. Pupils will also develop an understanding of the theological approaches to the world around them and the nature and existence of God. The Year 11 cohort will continue to study the AQA Route A 2016 specification and will be studying the thematic component which includes Christian and Islamic approaches to relationships, issues of crime and punishment, matters of life and death and social justice. We are proud that the GCSE pass rate in 2017 is 84.4% A*-C.

 

Key Stage 5

At Key Stage 5, from September 2017, students will follow the Eduqas Religious Studies syllabus. Students learn about Ancient Greek & Judaeo-Christian influences on philosophy of religion; traditional arguments for the existence of God; Ethical theories: including Natural Law, Utilitarianism, Virtue Ethics and applied ethics - including medical Ethics. A-Level candidates will also have the opportunity to study Developments in Religious Thought and understand the theological basis for Buddhism; perhaps one of the most interesting of the Eastern Religions. Year 13 will continue their study of OCR Religious Studies, Philosophy and Ethics and will continue their study of Developments in Christian Thought, Philosophical approaches to life’s ultimate questions and deepen their understanding of Ethics. The courses are designed to make candidates think about life’s most important questions while providing a rigorous, academic knowledge and understanding of philosophy and ethics, using an analytical and enquiring approach, which in turn provides suitable preparation for university.

 

 

Extra Curricular

The RS department provides trips at Key Stages 3-5 to places of religious importance and value. We also welcome visiting speakers to enrich student learning and engagement with the course topics. 

 

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Enrichment Day RS Presentations

Please find below the Enrichment Day RS Presentations, click to download.

 

Session 1, Session 2, Session 3, Session 4, Session 5