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Humanities"In RE I enjoy being able to look at different beliefs and ideas. Plus it is nice to be able to express my own opinion".

Key Stage 3

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  • Year 7

    Religious Education

    Students follow the Derbyshire agreed syllabus and consider a number of key questions which are fundamental to being able to understand the world in which they live.

    In term 1 students start the year with a module on 'Ultimate Questions'. This examines questions such as 'how was the world created?' and 'why does evil exist in the world?' They consider religious and none religious perspectives in order to formulate and justify their own opinions to these big questions.

    In the Spring term students examine Islam and learn the key teachings of the religion before considering issues which exist within the religion and which have an impact on our own society. Students also examine Sikhism as a unit of work, paying close attention to worship within Sikhism and the Gudwara.

    Finally students study the question 'Does religion do any good?' Here, a speaker from Christian Aid gives a talk to students about the work they do and students examine the evidence for and against this claim.

    Students complete a five week homework task for several of these modules where they will be given the chance to choose one task from nine (e.g. to prepare a powerpoint, a sculpture or a piece of clothing).

  • Year 8

    Religious Education

    In the Autumn term students study 'What meaning can be found in sacred texts?' This considers why religious people use holy books, why they are important to the religion and whether they are still relevant today. Within this unit students learn about a range of holy texts such as the Torah and the Bible.

    In Spring students focus on looking closely at Hinduism and finally in Summer students study Buddhism. Both of these religions are very different from Western religions and enable students to learn about cultures and beliefs which are different from their own.

  • Year 9

    Religious Education

    In the final year of Key Stage 3, students move to studying topics which are of relevance for their future GCSE exam in Key Stage 4.

    Students start by looking at Belief in God. This involves finding out about arguments for and arguments against the belief that God exists. Students analyse these different arguments and evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of the claims made. They also examine how God is shown in the media and the influence that this has on people's perceptions of religion and God.

    They also consider Matters of Life and Death and look closely at issues such as abortion and euthanasia which are particularity relevant to the modern world which students will one day be shaping. As part of this, students will be looking at Christianity and Islam and their beliefs on these issues. Students are also expected to shape their own ideas on these challenging and important issues.


Key Stage 4

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  1. Year 10

    Religious Education

    Religious Education is an invaluable subject as it prepares your child for life beyond school. Very often, people have strange ideas about taking RE. Statements such as "I'm not going to be a vicar, miss" or "I'm not religious" often lead to the question, "Why should I take RE?" The answer is that a GCSE in Religious Education has the same status as any other subject. Many past students who've taken the subject are now doctors, teachers, social workers and in the police force. It prepares students to articulate their views, consider different perspectives and solve real world problems which will one day effect them. Students develop a world view of the world they live in and an awareness of how society and the UK is constantly changing.

    Students start the year looking at Marriage and the Family. They examine how family life has changed in society and how people's attitudes have developed. They will look at different perspectives on homosexuality, the purpose of marriage, sex outside marriage and whether it is something which is still important in modern times. They will study a module called Community Cohesion which considers how our society is developing as a multi-cultural and multi-faith society. We look at the benefits of allowing religious pluralism and freedom as well as identifying the challenges that this creates in society. Finally they will finish the year looking at Crime and Punishment.

  2. Year 11

    Religious Education

    In Year 11 students will study three units. These are;

    • Rights and Responsibilities
    • Environmental and Medical Issues
    • Peace and Conflict

    This involves looking at different ethical systems and dilemmas such as global warming, genetic engineering, capital punishment and when is it right to go to war. They will study establishments such as the European Union and the United Nations as part of this section.

    At the end of Year 11 students will be examined in the work they have done which forms a full GCSE. This will be sat as two exams.


Key Stage 5

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  • Year 12

    A Level Philosophy

    Our AS Philosophy course aims to introduce students to some key concepts and methods in philosophy. It raises two big philosophical questions; 'What can we know?', and 'Can the existence of God be proved'? It provides an excellent introduction to philosophy by considering some of the very best attempts to answer these questions with the arguments of some of the most famous philosophers as well as recent discussions.

    Students will have the opportunity to engage in detailed analysis of philosophical text. The aim is to show not only how to do philosophy, but also to engage in philosophical discussion.

  • Year 13

    A2 Philosophy

    At A2, students will consider two more important philosophical questions; 'How do we make moral decisions?', and 'Are the mind and body separate'? Within these two topics, students will consider moral arguments from famous philosophers such as Mill, Kant and Aristotle, as well as investigating a contemporary moral issue of their choosing. They will investigate in detail the 'mind-body problem'; what is the relationship between the mental and the physical? Within this topic we will discuss the dualist vs. the materialist standpoints as well as influences from advancements in neuroscience and Artificial Intelligence.


Teaching staff

  • Burgoyne, Rachael
  • Burks, Jennifer
  • Haveron, Simon
  • Johnson, Pat
  • McPhee, Elspeth
  • Pickles, Kevin
  • Sanderson, David
  • Thompson, Rose
  • Westley, Francesca
  • Windle, Helena


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