Religious Studies

Religious Studies is taught across the whole school. The department has two specialist rooms, F10 and S6, which are both equipped with digital projectors, TV, video and DVD. The department has a wide selection of resources, including artefacts for different religions.

The department seeks to help students consider the beliefs and lifestyles of those of either a religious or a humanist persuasion. Whilst it is certainly not our mandate to convert or persuade, we do seek to nurture and support those pupils who feel strongly committed to a faith.

The department offers Full Course GCSE (as a full option); the department follows AQA Religious Studies Christianity and Islam. We also offer A Level Religious Studies: we follow the Eduqas course, Ethics, Philosophy of Religion and Islam.>

In KS3 (years 7 – 9) the pupils are split into 2 ‘sides’: the S half and the B half. The girls are taught in mixed ability groups in a cluster comprising Religious Studies, History, Geography and English. The pupils are taught 2 x 1 hour lessons each fortnight in RS.

The department broadly follows the Cheshire LEA Agreed Syllabus, which takes into consideration the recommendations of the Non-Statutory Framework. All Schemes of Work are reviewed on an annual basis, to ensure that units of work reflect current interests and concerns in different religious communities. In line with national agreements, the department also considers humanist and scientific viewpoints when discussing philosophical issues. Pupils study aspects of the six world religions: Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Judaism, Islam and Sikhism. There is a strong focus on creative thinking, and pupils are encouraged to consider a variety of media when giving their responses.

Pupils achieve well in Religious Studies, with the majority making at least 2 levels of progress over KS3.

All students in years 10 and 11 have Religious and Social Education lessons (RSE); these are on a carousel with Careers and occur once a fortnight. Students consider a range of different topics, each tailored to develop skills in discussion and debate.

Students who opt to study the Full GCSE study two modules: Christianity and Islam. The course is delivered in five lessons a fortnight, split between Mrs Milnes (who teaches Islam), Miss Maile (who teaches Christianity). The course is examined in Year 11, with an exam on each module.

Students have the opportunity to gain an A level in Religious Studies. We follow Eduqas’ A level which has 3 components: A Study of Islam, Philosophy of Religion and Religion and Ethics. The course covers key aspects of the beliefs and practices of Islam; in Philosophy we explore arguments for the existence of God, the problem of evil and suffering, and the nature of religious experience; in Ethics we consider ethical thought and language and how ethical theories have developed over time, whether that might be Situation Ethics or Utilitarianism. The course is excellent preparation for a range of university courses, including RS, Theology, Politics, Sociology, Psychology and Philosophy.
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