The aim of the Religious Studies Department is to help pupils develop an informed, reflective, critical and articulate understanding of the beliefs of the different world faiths.
This aim is pursued through the study of Religious Studies as an academic subject from Years 4 to 8 by all pupils, concentrating on two learning objectives in all lessons: learning about and learning from that particular religion.
From the broad and stimulating survey of World Religions in Years 4, 5 and 6 (Hinduism, Judaism and Islam) to a detailed study of Christianity in Years 7 and 8, the subject is popular and offers a rich learning experience.
Religious Studies is an option from Year 9 onwards, where pupils engage in a study of Religious Philosophy and Buddhism, while in Years 10 and 11 the full course GCSE is offered.
During the last two years (2008 and 2009) we have had some tremendous results at GCSE with 100% of pupils achieving A* to C grades, and this year 91% achieving A* and A grades.
We also offer Religious Studies at A level, where Religious Philosophy and Ethics are studied. Once again we’ve had great success, with our AS cohort last year gaining 91% A to C.
Lessons are taught using a variety of learning styles by incorporating discussion, meditation, creative writing, art, artefacts and film into our teaching. The Religious Studies department has also created a website that students can access, with the majority of homework assignments being posted on the internet via a VLE platform -intranet.harrodian.com/re