Religious Studies at NHEHS aims to give our students an appreciation and awareness of the Six World Religions and to approach philosophical and ethical issues with critical understanding.
Throughout their studies in Religious Studies students are encouraged to grapple with fundamental questions such as the nature of good and evil and to develop strong skills of analysis and debate. In their study of the Six World Religions the department aims to introduce both the practices and principles of each religion. Each religion is introduced individually to encourage in-depth appreciation.
In Years 7 and 8 we start with a short course on the Foundations of Religion, considering fundamental questions such as the nature of existence and the place of religion in society. Girls then pursue a study of the Six World Religions, considering both what they practice and why.
In Year 9 there is a short course of philosophy and ethics. At all stages in Religious Studies our students are encouraged to ask questions, debate, discuss and to pursue answers and to develop their ability to think analytically and philosophically.
At GCSE and A Level the Religious Studies (Philosophy and Ethics) courses continue to strive to enable students to become independent thinkers who take a rigorous approach to evaluating arguments and evidence. We also aim to enable and encourage skills of debate, as well as analysis, both oral and written. Learning takes place through classroom activities, reading primary and secondary literature and regular discussion.
Overall, Religious Studies at NHEHS aims to teach above and beyond a solely academic subject and to also include the investigation of current ethical and philosophical issues. The department aims to achieve a holistic education for each student through their growing understanding of other cultures and faiths and to prepare them to approach their own views with an enquiring mind.