King James' School

Religious Studies & Philosophy

Head of Department: Miss E Stickland

Throughout the school we seek to help students develop a sensitive, reflective and informed approach to the religious dimensions of life, and to instill a genuine, open-minded curiosity in the diversity of religious beliefs. There are many opportunities offered both inside and outside the classroom for students to see that Religious Studies matter. 

Our Key Stage 3 course includes themes such as Community, Origins of Religions, Founders and Leaders, Philosophical questions about Belief, Science and Religion, Good and Evil, Human Rights, and other moral, ethical, spiritual and cultural issues raised by Religion. The six world religions are covered in varying depths. Progress is assessed against the Local Authority’s Agreed Syllabus Attainment Targets and emphasis is given to acquiring skills as well as knowledge and learning from the religions we study.

At Key Stage 4 students may opt to take GCSE Ethics, Religion and Life. The topics are studied from the viewpoint of Christianity and Islam and also a non-religious viewpoint. Students are encouraged to give good reasoning in their answers and to build up an argument supported by evidence - whatever their personal view on the religious or moral issue. Students are also encouraged to express their own opinions and to look at ethical questions from both sides of an argument. The course explores a range of philosophical, ethical and moral issues and various ways of expressing the Christian faith.

At Key Stage 5 students may opt to take A Level Philosophy and Ethics. At AS Level students will explore key themes in Philosophy and Religion such as; Ancient Greek influences on philosophy of religion; Judaeo-Christian influences on philosophy of religion; Traditional arguments for the existence of God; Challenges to religious belief and key themes in Religious Ethics such as: Ethical Theories and Applied Ethics.  At A2 Level students will explore key themes in Philosophy and Religion such as; Religious language; Experience and religion; Nature of God; Life after death and Miracles and key themes in Religious Ethics such as; Meta-ethics; Free will and determinism; Conscience; Virtue ethics and Applied ethics topics.

The Department is well-resourced, and the staff have a wealth of experience, expertise, commitment and enthusiasm. Guest speakers and visits to the various religious communities provide students with a wider experience and perspective. We welcome contact with parents and many have enjoyed accompanying us on our outings.

Teaching Staff:

Miss E Stickland
Ms M Bowley
Miss L Saywood




Religious Studies & Philosophy