Paul-Finlinson

The Head of Department is Miss Jane Gatley. The School Chaplain is Rev. Paul Finlinson.

The issues associated with a study of Religion are rarely out of the news – a proposed alteration to the abortion laws and the controversy over euthanasia are two recent examples. The aim of the Religious Studies courses is to convey this contemporary relevance and to foster an approach to decision making which involves the careful examination of all sides of a particular argument.

Religious Studies is taught across the school starting with an introduction to Philosophy of Religion and Ethics in year 9. This links allows students the option to study Religious Studies at GCSE and then at A-level.

Religious Studies teaches students to think independently: constantly asking why and exploring a wide variety of answers. Lessons encourage detailed analysis and well justified evaluation of ideas which have troubled mankind throughout history.

The Department is housed in a single room near the Chapel. The room is bright and large and contains a Religious Studies Library as well as curriculum resources.