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The Academic Study of Religion at Thornton College

Thornton College, as a Christian Catholic School, places Religious Education as a core subject at the heart of the curriculum and it is delivered with equal professional rigour to other subjects. Religion/Faith is not separate from life; on the contrary, it is at the heart of all we think, say and do.

We recognise the varied faith stances and experience of our students and we welcome pupils from all Faiths. Our Syllabus is broad, relevant and inclusive of other religions yet since Thornton College is a Christian school owing its foundation to the Roman Catholic Order of Sisters of Jesus and Mary, RE is specifically Christian/Catholic at its core. Our aim is to allow students to reflect progressively on their own faith stance and on life’s difficult questions and moral issues from within a Christian perspective.

Religious Education Across KS1 - KS3 (Year 1 to 9)

We encourage students to question, reflect, wonder and think deeply about the mystery of life, using their own experiences as well as those of others and aim to help them to develop a meaningful relationship with others of any religion or race, based on love and respect. We  ensure that the students, regardless of ability level, develop, knowing that they are respected and valued as people and knowing that what they say or do matters to other people.

Our Religious Education programme helps to develop a positive attitude of enquiry towards religion by experiencing its many facets such as language, worship and festivals. The delivery of the subject includes a range of extra-curricular trips across the year groups for example to the Shri Swaminarayan Mandir in Neasden, the Radlett Reform Synagogue, (where girls have the opportunity to speak to a rabbi and learn about Judaism and Jewish celebrations first-hand), the Nuneaton Mosque and Coventry Cathedral.

Religious Studies GCSE KS4

Years 10 and 11 follow the AQA GCSE course in Religious Studies Spec B in Catholic Christianity. It is one of the courses prescribed by the Bishops of England and Wales and involves the study of Catholic beliefs and practices, the beliefs and practices of another religion, in the case of Thornton College Judaism and the application of religious belief to Ethical issues relevant to the world around us.

Extra-Curricular Trips KS4

In Year 10 and 11, in conjunction with History and PSHE, we visit the Holocaust Centre in Nottinghamshire to see the exhibition and, listen to a survivor of the Nazi Concentration Camps as part of a study on prejudice and racism. Years 10 and 11 are given the opportunity to travel to Krakow, Poland, to visit Auschwitz and also Rome, a centre of pilgrimage for Christians throughout the world.

Religious Studies A - Level KS5

We offer a 2 Year A level in Religious Studies that involves the exploration of three academic disciplines: Philosophy, Moral Philosophy (Ethics) and Theology. The aims and objectives of this qualification are to enable students to develop their interest in a rigorous study of religion, belief, thought and the human search for truth. To develop knowledge and understanding of the specific disciplines of philosophical, ethical and religious thought and to develop knowledge and understanding of the impact of philosophical, ethical and religious thought upon human action and human history.