Religious Studies

Religious Studies is a hugely compelling subject that connects a student’s academic and intellectual ability with their personal and spiritual development.

Meet the Team

The team

  • Dr Rachel Lidgett

    Head of Religious Studies

  • Rev'd Becky Ayers-Harris


  • Catherine Cowie

Religious Studies is taught as a strongly academic subject. Through its emphasis on Philosophy and Ethics it allows students to consider challenging questions about the ultimate meaning and purpose of life, beliefs about God, the nature of reality, issues of right and wrong and what it means to be human.

It develops students' knowledge and understanding of the principal religions that debate these challenging questions. RS also provides opportunities for personal reflection and spiritual development and encourages pupils to learn from different beliefs, values and traditions, while exploring their own. Critical thinking and independent research skills are emphasised and developed through the department’s teaching.

The topics addressed at KS3 and KS4 include the Holocaust, Apartheid South Africa, Animal Rights and religious responses to the environment. Students engage in a variety of different learning activities such as interactive games, watching DVDs, role-play, artistic responses to topics, debate and discussion. We also run trips to broaden our students’ educational experience.

At GCSE and A-level, students have the opportunity to develop their knowledge, understanding and critical thinking skills further by studying aspects of philosophy, theology and ethics. It is our hope that students will enter adult life better equipped to address issues of spiritual and moral significance as a result of these studies.

Follow the link for the KS3 and GCSE Handbooks.

Julie Vaughan

Head of Religious Studies