RE, Philosophy and Ethics

Mrs Maria Davy (Head of Department)  BA (Surrey), PGCE (St Mary's)
Mrs Vivian McCarthy BA (Cork), PGCE (Oxon)
Mrs Colleen Swire BEd (St Mary's, Belfast)
Mr Ralph Wellington BA (Exeter), PGCE (Birmingham)

I think, therefore I am...

René Descartes.

Farnborough Hill's RE, Philosophy and Ethics Department is a lively, creative and academic department. Four full-time specialists teach this subject throughout the School. Religious Education is part of the School's core curriculum and all pupils study this subject throughout their school career.

Just as pupils bring their own religious and cultural traditions to the classroom, so we bring them out to meet the faith traditions of others. In Year 7, pupils either visit the Hindu Temple in Neasden or the Bhakivedanta Manor in Aldenham, Year 8 visit St Michael's Abbey and Year 9 visit the Shah Jahan Mosque in Woking. In Year 10 we go on a Jewish Living Tour to support the GCSE specification. While much of our curriculum is focused on Christianity, we encourage - and indeed expect - our pupils to respect people of all faiths and none.

Our aim is that pupils will enjoy 'thinking about thinking', become religiously literate, learn to question and to think for themselves, and so be assisted in developing intellectually, spiritually and morally.