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Religious Studies

Clemency Woolner

Head of Religious Studies (includes Philosophy, Religion & Ethics): Mrs C Woolner, BA (Hons) Durham


Religious Studies Teacher: Mrs K Matsuya, BA (Hons) Durham

RS is a uniquely special subject as it involves an exploration into what it really means to be human. Throughout history, religion has provided a response to life’s big questions and shaped the development of humanity. In RS, students can contemplate their own responses to these big question and reflect on the role of religion in the daily life of people today.”
Mrs C Woolner, Head of Religious Studies


Within Religious Studies our aim is to develop critically aware and empathetic students, who have an understanding of the different worldviews represented in our community and the ability to debate these with respect to arrive at their own justified conclusions and beliefs. All students in Key Stage 3 take the subject and throughout the course we explore key themes from philosophy, religion and ethics. This includes study of the six major world religions, issues of personal identity, life after death, ethical decision making, arguments for the existence of God, and social justice and equality. We also support the Life Skills curriculum by exploring religious responses to these issues.


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Religious Studies GCSE is the perfect choice for students who are interested in the way different people think and enjoy talking about ethical issues and trying to understand topics from different viewpoints. The course teaches valuable evaluative skills, different debating styles, how to appreciate the perspectives of others and it gives an in-depth understanding of two religions; Christianity and Islam.


A Level Religious Studies

The A Level Study Religious Studies course incorporates Philosophy, Religion & Ethics.
This course comprises a study of some of the major questions which have faced mankind throughout the centuries, such as ‘Does God exist?’ and ‘What is the right action?’ Students will learn to explore and evaluate a range of scholarly views to develop and substantiate their own conclusions. Along the way students will also develop key skills of critical analysis, research and written argument.