At the Prep School pupils are given the opportunity to learn about faith across a variety of religions.
At Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 pupils learn using a thematic approach, such as marriage or birth ceremonies.Various narratives from different religions are used as a stimulus which help the pupils to creatively consider meanings within these stories and in so doing, develop their own views and ideas.
In Year 7 and Year 8 pupils use the Common Entrance syllabus, which encourages a more academic approach whilst at the same time enabling pupils to develop and consider their own spirituality and beliefs. Year 7 pupils learn from the Old Testament stories and in Year 8 the focus is on New Testament ones.
Pupils gain a greater knowledge and understanding of these stories as well as being able to evaluate their meaning. They also consider contemporary issues, which are highlighted by the topics studied. It is hoped that by the end of Year 8 pupils are able to consider challenging questions and give a range of religious viewpoints and examples as well as offering their own viewpoint to such questions. Also in Year 8 pupils may undertake an element of coursework that involves a field visit to a place of worship and includes a follow-up piece of computer-generated work.
The Religious Studies Department aims to develop and nurture spirituality and encourage pupils to think for themselves, whilst addressing difficult and challenging topics.