Religious Studies

The Catholic faith which is handed on through the family, the community and the school is reflected upon and deepened through Religious Education. While religious education in the Catholic school permeates the whole curriculum, it is important that time is specifically allocated to the teaching of the religious education programme.

The particular nature of this subject and its content means that pupils should learn to appreciate that life has religious, spiritual and moral dimensions. Religious education supports the general ethos of the College in promoting in the pupils a sense of self-worth and tolerance. It should allow pupils to share views and explore issues in an atmosphere of mutual respect, to examine the diverse and enriching variety of approaches to personal faith. Religious Education should have an appropriate balance of factual knowledge, conceptual understanding, emotional and attitudinal development and experiential, enquiry-based and book-based learning. It should challenge pupils’ thinking and beliefs and challenge them also to extend their skills and understanding in new and different contexts. It should also develop the intellectual skills of clear, logical and consistent thinking, of being able to apply this thinking to a variety of religious and moral issues and the skills of empathising with the religious and moral beliefs and practices of others.