Religious Studies and Philosophy

At Colston’s, religious studies is a non-confessional, multi-denominational subject that seeks to help pupils learn about, and learn from religious traditions and philosophical ideas. It is our aim to help pupils develop an understanding of the beliefs and practices of different traditions with a view to creating tolerant pupils who are interested in the world around them and have the ability to engage with problems in a critical and evaluative manner.

We follow a broad and engaging curriculum focused around key philosophical themes. Pupils examine real-world ethical issues relating to prejudice and discrimination, freedom and justice, human rights and environmental issues. Pupils also examine philosophical concepts such as beliefs about physical and spiritual universes, responses to suffering and disaster, questions of personal identity and reasons for and against the belief in God.

We look to develop a range of skills in our pupils. This begins with a good understanding of the world around them, current affairs and a knowledge of the belief systems of the world’s religions. We successfully develop critical philosophical life skills as well teaching pupils to analyse information, to be constructively critical of opinions, to evaluate problems and, most importantly, to have the confidence to form and then justify their own views.

We are keen to make our subject as experiential as possible and are well resourced with artefacts; we also visit places of worship and attend conferences to extend learning.

The ancient Greek philosopher Socrates’ claimed ‘The unexamined life is not worth living’. At Colston’s, we aim to ensure that all pupils have the opportunity to examine the lives they are living and inspire them to develop this as a life-long passion.