“My religion is very simple. My religion is kindness” The Dalai Lama, spiritual leader of the Buddhist Faith 

We inspire and challenge all learners to appreciate the main religious views both within Britain and across the world.

Students appreciate others may have a different view to their own and apply understanding, tolerance and respect. They explore some of the big questions about life, such as when does life begin and is there an afterlife?

Our learners are encouraged to think deeply about 'right and wrong', consider a range of responses to moral issues and explore the true extent of the impact of religion on the world.

Year 7  explore who the chosen people are by going back through history to the foremothers of Judaism and the stories of how Judaism was created. From here, they move on to immerse themselves in what life is like being part of the Jewish community. Next they ponder the links between Christianity and Judaism.

Year 8 continue on their path of religious study by deepening their understanding on Christian practise. Next they move on to the origins of the Islamic faith; as they are introduced to Angels and Prophets. This chapter closes with festivals and celebrations through the Islamic faith.

Year 9 explore philosophies of Buddhism; such as 'Hatred does not cease by hatred but only by love; this is the eternal rule' and how it's wisdom serves to keep us on the moral pathway to enlightenment. From here they analyse the spread of eastern Buddhism to the western world and why some seek to devote their lives to greater good. Philosophy meets Science at the end of this journey as year 9 debate issues such as Atheism, Humanism and Utilitarianism.

Key Stage 4

At Key Stage 4, religion and philosophy is taught in addition to the life skills curriculum, which is designed to prepare students for the challenges and demands of life, as well as their future education and careers by focusing on issues such as: 

  • Mental health 
  • Healthy relationships and sexual health 
  • Peace and Conflict 
  • Tolerance and tackling extremism 
  • Staying safe within and beyond our community 
  • Careers guidance and life beyond Year 11 
  • In addition our KS4 programme is flexible and designed to be responsive to particular needs and issues within our local community 

British Values, SMSC and Cultural Capital 

Studying religion naturally encourages respect and tolerance for all individuals of all faiths as students explore different beliefs and lifestyles. Students learn what it means to belong and respectfully express their own opinion on matters realising that difference is to be celebrated not feared. 

Students are exposed to key cultural faith-based texts and sources, such as poetry and paintings as well as opportunities to visit places of worship and faith, including Churches, Cathedrals, Mosques, Temples and Synagogues.

The academy takes an active role in many initiatives that are designed to support the work of various charities and groups in our local community. For example, The Shoebox Full of Love Appeal demonstrates our students' commitment to love and respect within our community. Visit our enrichment page for more information.