Religious Studies is a core curriculum subject which is taught throughout years 7 – 13. The department seeks to support and promote the Roman Catholic ethos of the College through an academically rigorous and engaging curriculum. As teachers we seek to provoke challenging questions about the ultimate meaning and purpose of life, right and wrong, the nature of reality and the being of God. The schemes of work offered by the department develop students’ knowledge and understanding of Christianity, as well as other major religions and alternative world views.
Additionally, we seek to provide opportunities for spiritual growth through deep questioning and experiential teaching. We are mindful of the diversity within our student body and the department aims to provide an environment which enables each individual to discern his or her own unique vocation and to develop their own adult understanding of their faith.
In short, our aim is to produce religiously literate young adults who are able to express clearly what they and others believe so that they are prepared for the adult world. This will enable them to develop respect and sensitivity to others, particularly those with different faiths and beliefs and therefore, to combat prejudice and negative discrimination. The department works closely with the College Chaplaincy and pursues outreach opportunities such as work with all Year 13 students in local primary schools.
Teaching Staff and Departmental Facilities
The department is well equipped with four dedicated teaching rooms and an office adjacent to the College’s Chapel. In September there will be five full-time and one part-time member of staff, including the new Religious Studies teacher.
RS is taught throughout Years 7 to 11 and all the students take the subject at GCSE in Year 11, at present using AQA Specification B which includes a 50% study of Catholicism and the Judaism and themes annexes. At A level we deliver the OCR ‘A’ level and there are currently 18 students studying the subject across the Sixth Form.
We deliver an unexamined Religious Studies programme to years 12 and 13 and this includes one lesson a week in Lower Sixth and two lessons a week in Upper Sixth.
Deadline for Applications is 12:00 noon on Thursday 15 March.
Successful candidates will be invited for interview on Wednesday 21 March.