Religious Studies is a popular and highly successful subject at The Peterborough School. As a school with an Anglican foundation, all pupils participate in Religious Studies until Year 11. The curriculum is planned to enable pupils to explore the places, worship practice, principles, key figures and sacred texts of Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Sikhism, Buddhism and Hinduism. The academic study of religious beliefs is seen not only as an opportunity to excite students in exploring religious culture and to assimilate knowledge but also to encourage a growing personal awareness of spiritual and moral values. An important aim in Religious Studies is to develop wider skills of research, empathy, listening, oral fluency and debate.
All teaching sessions make full use of appropriate educational resources, religious artifacts, visits, speakers and ICT and will make reference to news items and contemporary issues.
In Years 10 and 11 the GCSE course encourages pupils to explore topical issues; grow their understanding of the Christian and Islamic faiths; learn to analyse and present balanced arguments and develop personal awareness and empathetic responses.
A GCSE qualification in Religious Studies is widely accepted by employers and Higher Education institutions a providing a firm foundation in an academic discipline and for personal skills in employment.