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Religious Studies is a dynamic and thought provoking subject. During their time at Port Regis children will be given the opportunity to explore a wide variety of topics including world religions, biblical scripture, contemporary issues, significant people, current affairs and moral dilemmas.

They will be encouraged to formulate and develop their own views, will learn to discuss and validate their opinions using a balanced argument, and will be taught to appreciate the diversity of beliefs, values and commitments in today’s world.

The subject provokes challenging questions about the ultimate meaning and purpose of life and offers opportunities for personal reflection and spiritual development. RS enhances pupils’ awareness and understanding of the variety of religions and beliefs, teachings, practices and forms of expression, as well as of the influence of religion on individuals, families, communities and cultures. Pupils will begin to grapple with some of the thorny issues that surround religious debate today and explore some of the more philosophical questions that the subject inevitably raises.

The department provides a stimulating learning environment through dedicated teaching, display, artefacts, audio-visual material, music, art, drama, food, and, wherever possible and appropriate, visits and outside speakers. Pupils are taught in a manner that complements the published syllabus and are encouraged to learn both about and from different religions and traditions and to explore their own beliefs and questions of meaning.

In the A Form (Y8), pupils are given the opportunity, through three carefully designed coursework tasks, to develop a number of key RS skills such as independent research, analysis and critical thinking which are valued by senior schools. This unique approach has the advantage of allowing pupils to show what they can do and achieve, and further develops their abilities to form, explain and evaluate their opinions.

The Head of Religious Studies is Theresa Latham. Theresa holds a degree in Education from the University of Cambridge.