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Spiritual & Personal Development
Department Aims
We aim to develop students’ spiritual wellbeing through a balanced introduction to contemporary religion which reflects the diversity that exists in our society.

We encourage our students to think about their individual role and place in society, taking on the responsibility of being an active citizen in our modern age.

We support students in developing their self-confidence and self-esteem, to aid them in making informed choices regarding personal and social issues; and to develop good relationships with other members of the school and the wider community.
Department Ethos
"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has." - Margaret Mead (American Anthropologist)

“The beautiful thing about learning is nobody can take it away from you.” - B. B. King (American Blues Guitarist, Songwriter)
Department Staff
Ms S Hamit - Head of Department
Mr H Gafar - 2nd in Department
Mrs C Hylton
Key Stage 3 Information
The department’s KS3 syllabus broadly follows the Croydon Agreed Syllabus. We take a reflective approach to learning about the different religions of the world, encouraging students to ‘walk in the shoes of the believer’.

To help students develop their thinking skills, we take a creative dip into philosophy and ethics giving students the opportunity to look at things from a completely different perspective.
Key Stage 4 Information
All students take the GCSE RS exam. Students study the WJEC Religious Studies Specification B. The course is based on the study of contemporary moral issues, with particular reference to the teachings and views of Christianity and Islam. The course is broken down into two areas – ‘Religion and Life’ and ‘Religion and Human Experience, topics covered include Relationships, the existence of God, Conflict and Medical Ethics. Teachings and views discussed are non-denominational, with students encouraged to compare and contrast the different denominational teachings on the same issue. For example, Roman Catholic and Protestant views on divorce.

GCSE skills are introduced in key stage 3, and subsequently developed during key stage 4. Students are encouraged to develop their analytical skills throughout the course, taking onboard and understanding, different religious and social views on topics covered.

The course has no coursework, with students taking two exams at the end of year 11. Each exam is 1 hour 45 minutes, with the whole grade range open to all students.
Key Stage 5 Information
We are currently investigating Key Stage 5 courses which can be offered by the department.
Any other Information
Students are

  • Expected to read newspapers/watch news reports or listen to new bulletins on the radio, and, keep up to date on issues both within the UK and abroad.
  • Encouraged to supplement their classroom learning, through wider reading on the topics covered.
  • Supported in using and developing their literacy skills in order to develop their learning, and progress within the subject.


It is expected that students arrive at lessons on time, and with all the necessary equipment they require for the lesson. It is expected that students arrive at lessons on time, and with all the necessary equipment they require for the lesson.

Students are encouraged to ‘wear their RS hats’ and think outside of the box!

Homework

The main RS homework is set at the beginning of the half term. The task will cover the learning of that half term, reflect on previous learning, and will include an assessment piece. Completion dates will be set by individual class teachers.

Alongside this, students may find that their class teacher may give them small tasks to supplement their learning.
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