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The Norwood School

Religious Studies



The RS department provides a curriculum that provokes challenging questions about the ultimate meaning and purpose of life, beliefs about God, the self and the nature of reality, issues of right and wrong and what it means to be human. Our curriculum allows students to acquire and develop the skills, understanding and attitudes to succeed in the 21st century. We encourage a thirst for knowledge and critical thinking through the study of Philosophy of religions, studying the origins of global faiths and their development and impact on the world around us.Learning different beliefs or non - beliefs; and how religious views influence the moral decision-making of their believers and affect their sense of human behaviour, in order to play a significant role as custodians in their community, helping to collaborate and establish a tolerant and empathetic view of the UK as a multicultural and multi faith society.


We aim to:

  • Develop in our students a sense of their personal worth, individuality and identity;

  • Develop a positive attitude towards other people, respecting their right to hold different beliefs from their own and towards living in a society of many religions and beliefs;

  • Equip students with a developed  knowledge and understanding of Christianity and the other principal religions and non-religious world views represented in the United Kingdom;

  • Develop students’ ability to make reasoned and informed judgements about religious and moral issues, with reference to their own;

  • Ensure knowledge of beliefs and the teachings of the principal religions and beliefs represented in the United Kingdom;

  • To enhance students’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development, by developing curious minds and engendering critical thinking, questioning and investigating the world around them.

  • To collaborate with learners, staff, parents and faith and non-faith organisations to ensure we all continue to grow.


  • Cohesion

  • Stewardship

  • Tolerance

  • Power

  • Culture

  • Identity

  • Morality

  • Diversity

  • Role of faith



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