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Religion & Philosophy

Miss E Henderson BA (Hons)
Head of Religion & Philosophy
ehenderson@colfes.com

“Wonder is the feeling of a philosopher, and philosophy begins in wonder.”
Plato, Theaetetus, 150c

Our world is built on ideas. We have ideas about freedom of speech, how far tolerance should extend, how laws should be made, what rights we intrinsically have and, importantly, what kind of life we should live. All these ideas have a historical pedigree, which a study of world religions and Philosophy bring to life.

Giving you an opportunity to engage with the rich history of philosophical and theological thought contributes to your personal growth and ethical development. Take the questions: Is the mind separate from the brain? or What makes an action right or wrong? You have the ability to energise conversation, stimulate thought and create a feeling that there is something intriguing and worth learning about. By encountering the rich diversity of ways in which thinkers, both religious and secular, have gone about trying to answer Socrates’ great question How, then, should we live? you learn that your own ideas about life are open to challenge and critical question.

Religion & Philosophy is compulsory in Year 7 and 8, with many pupils opting to study it further in Year 9, GCSE, A-level and beyond. The curriculum in the Year 7-8 examines the major world religions and introduces pupils to Philosophy and ethics. In addition, we teach modules on Christianity, mindfulness, tolerance and new religious movements. In Year 9 pupils explore Islam, Buddhism, Humanism, arguments for the existence of God and ethics.

The Religious Studies & Philosophy GCSE focuses in part on Christianity and Buddhism, with the remaining content dedicated to philosophical and ethical themes. At A-level we offer Philosophy with modules in epistemology, moral philosophy, the metaphysics of mind and the metaphysics of God.

Outside the classroom many pupils choose to engage their faculty of wonder in the fortnightly Philosophy Club, participate in House Philosophy or attend one of our frequent trips to lectures, conferences and debates.

A-level course details:

Art

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Classics

The Classics Department provides three ways in to this ancient past. Latin is offered throughout the school for Years 7-13, Classical Greek is an option from Year 10 and Classical Civilisation is available as an A-level.

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Computer Science

Computer Science and IT at Colfe’s allows you to learn the principles of information and computation thinking, understand how digital systems work and how to put this knowledge to use through a range of programming languages.

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Design & Technology

Design & Technology at Colfe’s prepares pupils to take part in a rapidly changing world; learning to think creatively, become problem solvers and innovators, and design products to fulfil needs and wants not yet realised.

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Drama

Our aim is to help you learn how to express yourself, to explore your unique creativity and ultimately to become a confident performer.

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Economics & Business

In Economics and Business the emphasis in the classroom is on developing analytical abilities, encouraging argument from different standpoints and critical examination of data.

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English

English teaching at Colfe’s is focused on developing pupils’ engagement with literature, introducing them to a range of writers and texts, and encouraging them to become independent, proficient readers.

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Eudaimonia

Eudaimonia at Colfe’s is the teaching of the activity of wellbeing. Broadly based on the virtue ethics of the ancient Greek philosopher Aristotle, the word Eudaimonia itself is most commonly translated as ‘flourishing’ by practising virtuous behaviour and engaging with what it means to be human.

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Geography

Our planet is a dynamic, complex and beautiful place. As far as we know it is unique. Studying Geography can help you to understand it, but studying Geography at Colfe’s can help you thrive in it.

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History

The History syllabus at Colfe’s studies some of the most significant events and people in British and World History over the past 2,000 years and aims to inspire a passion for the past.

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Learning Support

Learning Support is based in the heart of the Senior School in a well-equipped classroom with computers, ipads, an interactive whiteboard and an abundance of learning resources and educational games.

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Library

The Library is very much at the centre of the school, and is extremely busy at break and lunch times, and before and after the school day.

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Mathematics

Mathematics is the keystone to the modern technological world in which we live. It enables us to understand our physical environment through sophisticated modelling techniques and is the ultimate language of strategical reasoning.

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Media Studies

Media Studies is about understanding how our world is constructed and how we are encouraged to perceive it. If you understand how the media works, you understand how the world works.

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Modern Languages

Our carefully planned Modern Languages programmes of study will lead you to communicate in modern, real-life situations, using real contemporary language.

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Music

The importance of studying music can’t be overstated; it enables pupils to build confidence through performance, nurture creativity through composition and develop critical enquiry through musical appraisal.

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Physical Education

Through the Physical Education and Sport programme, our pupils experience opportunities to develop skills, which enable them to make informed lifestyle choices in adulthood and a lifelong love of sport and physical activity.

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Religion & Philosophy

Giving pupils an opportunity to engage with the rich history of philosophical and theological thought contributes to their personal growth and ethical development.

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Science

The Science facilities at Colfe's include nine dedicated laboratories with access to notebook computers, so that ICT skills can be used to complement learning.

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How to apply

Find out more about how to apply for Colfe's School. Our main entry points are at ages 3, 4, 11 and 16.