Religious Studies
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Religious Studies

Our Religious Studies lessons allow individuals to express their beliefs and explore any questions that they may have.

At Cottesmore we believe everyone is unique and should be treated equally.  We are fully committed to ensuring that all pupils, no matter what their religious beliefs, are given an equal chance. 

Religious Studies is taught throughout the school and is not solely geared to enable children to succeed at the Common Entrance and scholarship examinations to their senior schools. It is also about enjoyment, developing a broad range of skills and encouraging empathy towards the belief of others through gaining an understanding of their religions.  

The teaching of Religious Studies is from a Christian perspective and the course is principally a biblical one.  The first form look at specific Bible stories in depth to understand how their meaning can be transferred into today’s world.  The second form learns about the major world religions.  The third form looks at the Christianity syllabus required for the World Religions section of the CE course. 

The remaining sections of the Common Entrance are covered in the final two years.  In the penultimate year the set texts are analysed.  In the final year we take the set texts and focus on the contemporary issues which spring from them.

Those who are being prepared for scholarships have a course specifically tailored to the individual papers.  The scholarships are extremely varied, and therefore the course can differ markedly.

In Religious Studies we aim to:

Give pupils the opportunity to develop, or continue, their own beliefs             and values for life

Help individuals to develop his/her own identity

Develop a respect for others religious beliefs and practice

Stimulate and maintain pupils curiosity and interest in religion

Enable pupils to see Religious Studies in the context of a wider body            of knowledge and skills

Contribute to the moral, social and ethical development of the pupils

Enable pupils to work independently and as part of a team

Develop pupils awareness of the implications of religion (past and                present)

Allow pupils to develop informed opinions and be able to support them


We expect to achieve the following objectives:

Enable pupils to gain the necessary skills and knowledge to pass the           Religious Studies Common Entrance paper, or individual Scholarship           paper.

Empower pupils to make balanced and informed choices and                       decisions with regard to moral & social issues & decisions; understand         and use religious terminology and explanations.

Encourage pupils to recall and apply their knowledge and skills in                 familiar and unfamiliar situations.  Pupils should be able to obtain                 information and make reasoned judgements.

To encourage pupils to develop a clear and more positive image of                their own identity and self-worth. 

David Revill, Head of Religious Studies