Southgate RE department wants students to develop a love of exploring and questioning the world they live in,  by thinking about ‘Big Questions’ such as ‘What is our purpose?’  ‘Is there anything after death’.   By exploring a range of theistic, atheistic and agnostic views, students develop empathy to understand and respect the views of others. In doing this they develop and learn to express and justify their own opinions and beliefs from philosophical, ethical and moral perspectives. 

At Key Stage 3 our students are ready for challenge:  e.g. what is philosophy and ethics?  What is the impact of faith in life? How did we get here?  This develops thinking skills transferable across a wide range of subjects.

     There is a clear focus on knowledge and understanding in years 7 and 8.

In year 9 students are introduced to topics that complement prior learning with a focus on the skills of analysis and evaluation. Using these skills they learn about the challenges of belief and the validity of those views. As in previous years, these are explored through independent reflection, discussion and homelearning enabling them to develop their confidence in exploring, challenging and evaluating.By the end of Year 9 they will have developed resilience required to take them through to the next stage of their education.

At KS4 RS students study Christianity and Islam in these contexts:

  • Relationships and families: sexuality, contraception, marriage, divorce and nature/purpose of families
  • Religion and life: different views of the origins of the earth, the environment, abortion, euthanasia and life after death. 
  • God and revelation: the Design and Causation arguments, General and special revelation
  • Peace and Conflict: the different reasons for war, terrorism, WMDs, Holy wars, pacifism and victims of war

The skill developed progressively from year 7 are revisited and applied in more difficult contexts.


At KS5 through the study of Philosophy and Ethics e.g. Ancient philosophical thinkers (Plato and Socrates), issues such as evil and suffering, death and the afterlife, Business and sexual ethics, utilitarianism, Natural law, religious language and Kant our students develop lifelong skills. As a result they leave as positive, respectful, confident and independent thinkers.