Religious Studies is a thriving subject at King’s. It encourages people, whatever their religious beliefs, to think about meaning, purpose and commitment and the continuing significance of religion in the world today. We hope that pupils will develop a real sense of enquiry. No question is wrong to ask and pupils enjoy and value the lively discussion and debate which lessons often provoke. Religious Studies is not about proclaiming simple certainties; it is about helping young people (and staff) to think about some of the most important questions in life!
The Religious Studies department is situated next to a very attractive and peaceful garden (the location for the Monastic Refectory in Medieval days) and the subject benefits from the close working relationship between the School and Gloucester Cathedral. However the study of religion is not just focussed on the Cathedral. Pupils study several of the world’s religions recognising the important part that religion still plays in the modern world. We also do a lot of work on philosophical and ethical questions and issues that impact on everyone’s lives.
Religious Studies provides pupils with a sense of respect for principles, values and lifestyles which may be different from their own as well as developing key skills in discussion, debate, analysis and communication.
This is a subject that is studied throughout the School and ultimately leads to a Short Course GCSE, taken at the end of the Fourth Form (Yr 10). Pupils also have the option of taking RS as a Full Course GCSE.
Where it helps enhance a topic, pupils are given the opportunity to visit other religious settings, such as the local mosque, or to listen to outside speakers. The ‘Friday Philosophers’ discussion group is open to pupils across the Senior School and provides an opportunity to discuss topics of interest in the relaxed surroundings of the Chaplaincy Centre.