Ethical and Personal Development


The Ethical and Personal Development curriculum offers a wide range of opportunities for students to engage with real world issues.


    Subjects Offered

    Personal development
    Religious Philosophy and Ethics

    Before starting A level I had never really challenged my views, I had always thought that whatever I believed was, without a doubt, the truth and the right way to think. Through the course of this year, we have been encouraged to fully challenge each belief system we study and it has also enabled me to understand why others believe certain things. The course has changed my outlook on life, not seeing people’s actions just from my own perspective but viewing the situation in the context of their own belief system.
    Cerys Pumphrey
    Religious Philosophy and Ethics student

    Students may undertake an academic study of Philosophy, Ethics and Religious Studies, which encourages them to question the world around them and equip them with excellent transferable skills for future study.

    Students will also engage in a programme of study related to elements of PSHE, Citizenship, Spiritual and Moral, Social and Cultural development, and careers. This programme is delivered during tutor time, but also involves visiting speakers, workshops and focus days.

    Through this programme of study, students will develop their powers of self-expression, critical thinking and independence.

    Students are constantly encouraged to challenge their own ideas and values as well as those held by others. Students are exposed to a variety of learning styles, which will help to ensure they are articulate, literate and cultured.


    Religious Philosophy and Ethics is a subject that looks at questions that have continued to baffle mankind for hundreds of years, forcing its students to reflect and analyse – but no one answer can ever be the same, and that is why I find it so appealing. Can we ever have certain knowledge? Do we really have free will? Religious Philosophy and Ethics has given me a great opportunity to view common situations from entirely new perspectives. It is the perfect subject for those who want the freedom to think and make decisions about the world whilst developing their communication and interpreting skills.
    Phoebe Clothier
    Religious Philosophy and Ethics student

    Opportunities to extend and deepen learning

    There is a range of opportunities for students to develop their confidence, responsibility, resilience, leadership and communication skills. A range of Philosophical and Ethical based conferences and external courses are made available.

    Students can engage in workshops and benefit from the experience and expertise of visiting speakers. They also have opportunities to participate in cultural visits, such as Auschwitz with the Holocaust Educational Trust.

    Students are encouraged to engage with the school and wider community to develop a sense of their own responsibilities and values.





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