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The Religious and Ethical Studies Department has 2 full time members of staff and 1 part-time who share 2 classrooms

Religion and beliefs inform our values and are reflected in what we say and how we behave. RE is an important subject in itself, developing an individual’s knowledge and understanding of the religions and beliefs which form part of contemporary society.

Religious education provokes challenging questions about the ultimate meaning and purpose of life, beliefs about God, the self and the nature of reality, issues of right and wrong, and what it means to be human. It can develop pupils’ knowledge and understanding of Christianity, of other principal religions, other religious traditions and worldviews that offer answers to questions such as these.

RE also contributes to pupils’ personal development and well-being and to community cohesion by promoting mutual respect and tolerance in a diverse society. RE can also make important contributions to other parts of the school curriculum such as citizenship, personal, social, health and economic education (PSHE education), the humanities, education for sustainable development and others. It offers opportunities for personal reflection and spiritual development, deepening the understanding of the significance of religion in the lives of others – individually, communally and cross-culturally.

Curriculum Intent:

We live in a multicultural, multi ethnic society and the study of Religious Studies and Ethics at Philips High School reflects that.  Through the study of the six main world religions we explore different beliefs and actions giving our students the opportunity to explore and reflect on their beliefs, on their practices and their ethics.  Through debate we learn to accept, to understand, to emphasise and to learn about others.  Our curriculum intent is to inspire students to look at both religious and non-religious views in order to encourage all students to explore how these views have helped shape the society we live in and how we can make the world a better place for all.  Our curriculum is designed thematically to ensure that pupils build carefully sequenced knowledge throughout KS3 in order to prepare them for KS4.

KS3 YEAR 7 The study of six world religions, God, Leaders, Afterlife.
YEAR 8 The study of six world religions, Beliefs in Action, Charity.
YEAR 9 The study of six world religions, Animal Rights, Prejudice, Relationships, War and Peace.
KS4 AQA GCSE 9-1: Year 10: The Study of Religions: Christianity and Sikhism  Year 11: Thematic Studies: Relationships and families, Religion and Life, Peace and conflict, Crime and Punishment.

If you would like more information about your child’s work in Religious and Ethical Studies please contact the Head of Faculty: Mrs Makin