The primary aim of the Religious Studies department is to foster an academically rigorous environment that promotes open debate and discussion.
We aim to promote the Catholic ethos of the school whilst enabling all students to develop an understanding of a diverse range of faiths and practices. Students welcome opportunities to explore the wealth of human experience in the safety of the classroom.
Students in the First and Second Years follow courses that provide the essential background to GCSE Religious Studies including a study of Judaism and Islam in First Year and Sikhism and Hinduism in Second Year. Skill development is a major focus in Key Stage Three and we ensure that all students are ready to tackle the GCSE material by the start of Third Year.
In the Third, Fourth and Fifth Year, students follow the AQA GCSE Religious Studies Specification B: Catholic Christianity, Judaism and Ethics. In the Sixth Form, students can study Religious Studies at A Level. We follow the OCR specification and students study developments in Christian thought, philosophy of religion and ethics.
All Lower Sixth students also follow a non-examined, modular enrichment programme designed to deepen their understanding of spirituality and the impact of religion on the wider world. The Upper Sixth take part in our unique experience – Religious Education in the Primary School. The programme consists of a term of preparation, followed by a term teaching Religious Education in local primary schools. At the end of the Easter term there is a service of celebration in the College Chapel, organised by St George’s College students, bringing all the participating schools together.