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  • Religious Studies

    Department Profile

    Mr N Riley BA (Hons.) - Head of Philosophy, Critical Thinking & Religious St.

    Ms N Aslam BA (Hons.) - Deputy Head of Religious St.

    Mr D Sammels BA (Hons.)

    The Religious Studies and Thinking Skills department is a successful curriculum area with a team of well-qualified teachers. We take a holistic approach to the development of life-long learning skills, combining the team’s skills in teaching religious studies, thinking skills, government and politics, philosophy and citizenship. We also work with teachers from other disciplines to develop lessons for Thinking skills so that pupils' needs across a range of topics and skills are catered for by specialists. Unlike many schools, we offer a choice of religion to study at GCSE and the department is extremely well resourced to enable pupils to learn to suit their own interests in a class discussing up to six world religions. 

    Cross-curricular Links

    In Religious Studies and Thinking Skills pupils apply processes and thinking skills to a range of ethical and moral decisions and consider questions of ultimate meaning. These skills as explicitly discussed and developed and there is a structured skills development process across all subjects taught and all key stations. This then builds links with many areas of school and home life.