Religious Studies

“We who lived in concentration camps can remember the men who walked through the huts comforting others, giving away their last piece of bread. They may have been few in number, but they offer sufficient proof that everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms – to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way” – Viktor E. Frankl.

Religious Studies at CHS in the Lower School begins by introducing students to Judaism, Christianity and Islam before moving on to investigate the role and importance of Hinduism, Buddhism and Sikhism in the world today. As the students progress through the School they are also introduced to the fundamental questions raised through the study of Philosophy and Ethics.

The Religious Studies Department always seeks to educate all CHS students in their understanding of Religious Faith in a dynamic, enjoyable, meaningful and thought-provoking way. We also provide opportunities to encourage, where appropriate, their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.

The Religious Studies Department also offers Chatterbox, an introduction to debating ethical issues for Year 7 & 8 students which is led by some of the Year 9 students. Philm Club begins to help enrich the new GCSE course and Philosophy Society is led by Sixth Form students for both their peers and younger students. Faith Clubs currently running include Cross Factor for the Christian Faith, Muslim Society and Jewish Society.

We hope to have encouraged all students to think and challenge ideas for themselves through their experiences and learning of Religious Studies in the Lower School.

In the Sixth Form we offer Religious Studies at A Level, a course which continues to develop these crucial skills and adeptly prepares students for further academic study at University.