Religion and Philosphy

Introduction and benefits

Religion and philosophy ask questions about who we are, where we are going and what is important in life. These are the questions which we will all ask in life. However, the answers are by no means clear.

Religion and Philosophy deals with the ‘deeper’ issues of life and helps pupils become more thinking, sensitive yet critical individuals. As such it has a fundamental role to play in creating the individuals who will be part of future societies.

We combine the study of beliefs and practices in world religions with more speculative work on religious ideas, and ethical considerations. So, whilst the subject is a rigorous academic study, it also deals with personal, spiritual and moral questions that face all human beings.

We seek to engender mutual tolerance, understanding, openness and an appreciation of diversity. We are lucky to have a diversity of faiths within the schools and we find that lessons about particular faiths are greatly enhanced when pupils are able to bring their own experiences and understanding.

Religion and Philosophy never seeks to preach but aims to facilitate students to develop to their own informed opinions.

Curriculum outline

Year 7

  • Introduction to World Religions
  • Hinduism
  • Buddhism
  • Sikhism
  • Islam
  • Contemporary Judaism

Year 8

  • The Big Story – an overview of the Key Themes in the Bible
  • Introduction to Ethics

Year 9

  • Religion and the Media
  • Introduction to Philososphy
  • Life after Death
  • Belief in God
  • Religion and Science
  • Independence Island – a project on developing a society

Year 10

OCR Religious Studies GCSE

  • The Religious Studies GCSE is not compulsory for students, but all students are encouraged to consider taking it as an option.
  • The course is divided into three modules: Beliefs and Practices: Christianity; Beliefs and Practices: Islam; and Religion and Ethics in the Modern World
  • Each module is examined in a separate examination at the end of Year 11
  • The course includes an in depth study of two religions: Christianity and Islam, and a study of Christianity in the modern world

In Year 11, students study for the third exam, a study of Religion and Ethics in the modern world, with a particular focus on Christianity.

GCSE Resources

The department is well resourced for textbooks including the new text book for the OCR syllabus.


A variety of modern textbooks
Various artefacts from different religions

Our students say:

‘Religion and Philosophy is the only subject where there is no right or wrong answer, and will be useful in any career you follow’.

Staff contacts

  • Ms E Cogan – Head of Department
  • Mrs S Harlow – part-time