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The Team and Facilities:

The RS team at Wexham School has achieved some of the best results in the school for the past 3 years. There is a dedicated team of 3 RS specialists including the Leader of RS. We are a small but diverse, dedicated and passionate team. Lessons and classrooms are we well-resourced have a wide variety of religious and philosophical books that students of all ages can access.

 

Key Stage 3:

At the start of secondary school we believe it is really important for student to reflect on their own beliefs and learn about the beliefs of their new classmates. Throughout the course in years 7 and 8 we encourage students to share and explore their own faith. We cover all the major world faiths with a particular focus on Christianity and Islam. Students really enjoy the lessons and often leave the classroom debating the issues introduced in class.

We follow a curriculum designed to be both academically rigorous and challenging dealing with some classical theology, but also one that addresses the current issues with religion. Throughout the course we are keen to promote a celebration of difference in an environment where all students, regardless of faith (or lack of), gender, ethnicity and ability feel safe, valued and able to contribute

 

Key Stage 4:

All students who enter year 9 will follow a core RS unit. This will be one lesson a week and will continue to develop the themes introduced at years 7 and 8. I think the favourite units of the students are examining the philosophical arguments for the existence of God and studying the ethical issues surrounding torture.

Students are also able to choose RS as an option at GCSE. In year 9 students will follow a programme that will help them develop the skills required to complete the GCSE in years 10 and 11. This preparation year will focus on Philosophy and ethics and study a broad range of religious perspectives.

In Years 10 and 11 those who have chosen to do the GCSE will follow the EDEXCEL board. Students will study a wide range of issues from abortion to war in 3 different religions. We believe that an in depth study of the Abrahamic faiths (Judaism, Christianity and Islam) not only offers a coherent story of the foundations of monotheism but that knowledge of each religion will develop understanding of the other faiths being studied.

This will be examined at the end of Year 11 in 3 separate exams. For more information on the course please have a look at our specification.

 

Key Stage 5:

At key stage 5 we follow AQA examination board. We study Philosophy and Ethics. This allows us to focus on the development of reason as well as the classical arguments that are the foundation of the major world faiths, in particular Christianity and Islam.

Students find this course extremely challenging but highly rewarding. We read a lot, and we write a lot of essays. We make no apologies for this and with the expert help of our teachers we have helped our students make significant progress in their writing. This is very helpful for our students most of whom go on to university.

The course is on the list of subjects that both Oxford and Cambridge think is a “good” a level. This is not just for students interested in social sciences and humanities. The hard sciences require students to reason and analyse but many university courses in science will also require students to produce a 10000 word dissertation in their 3rd year. The support we give in developing complex writing is not to be underestimated.

 

Subject Year Group Exam Board Specification
RS 9 AQA GCSE RS (8062)
RS 10 AQA GCSE RS (8062)
RS 11 AQA GCSE RS (8062)
RS 12 AQA A Level RS (7062)
RS 13 AQA A Level RS (2061)