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Religious Education

Religious studies at Brentford is designed to be fun, dynamic and thought provoking.  We want students to learn about the world they live in and reflect on what makes them who they are.  Religious and non-religious perspectives are always encouraged to be shared in a safe understanding environment.

In Years 7 and 8 students learn about and from various religious themes and explore them through world religious perspectives.  Students also partake in some philosophical units that are designed to tackle the ‘Big Questions’ raised in life. Does God exist?  Why do we suffer?  What happens when we die?  Students are encouraged to engage in healthy debate and share their beliefs on these and many more ultimate questions. 

Years 9 to 11 study GCSE Religion and Life and Religion and Society.  Students study in this course exploring contemporary moral issues from a Christian and Islamic perspective. Non-religious perspectives are encouraged as well.

The specification aims to enable students to:

  • Adopt an enquiring, critical and reflective approach to the study of religion
  • Explore religions and beliefs, reflect on fundamental questions, and engage with them
  • Intellectually and respond personally
  • Enhance their spiritual and moral development, and contribute to their health and wellbeing
  • Enhance their personal, social and cultural development, their understanding of different cultures locally, nationally and in the wider world, and contribute to social and community cohesion
  • Develop their interest in, and enthusiasm for, the study of religion, and relate it to the wider world
  • Reflect on and develop their own values, opinions and attitudes in light of their learning.