RELIGIOUS STUDIES & PHILOSOPHY.

Religious Studies is the study of manís attempts to come to terms with the amazing and disturbing reality of life in this world, and to find purpose and meaning in it.

In the school, the study of Religion has two distinct approaches: the objective and the subjective.

1. The objective approach implies an academic study of the basic concepts of religion and morality, and of the history and present beliefs and practices of world religions. This aspect of Religion places the subject firmly within the humanities sphere, as an academic subject. Religious Studies is offered at GCSE and Philosophy at A level.

2. The subjective approach recognises the need in young people to develop the capacity to think, investigate and make decisions concerning their own religious commitment and moral principles. Since schools are in the business of education, not indoctrination, this development is best encouraged through open-ended investigation and discussion - not by instruction. Plentiful opportunity is provided, therefore, hand in hand with academic teaching, for the boys to mature morally and spiritually. One aspect of this work, for which the RS team takes responsibility, is the provision of a course in Moral and Social Studies for all in Years 10 and 11.

The content and methodology of our courses are largely determined by the Kent Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education. The RS team also contributes towards the daily school assembly, which provides a different environment for the consideration of the deeper aspects of living.

The teaching is enhanced by audio-visual aids, and the Religion library, now containing more than 1,000 books, is used regularly by students for reference and research.

Parents have the right to withdraw their sons from Assembly and Religion classes if they so wish.

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