RS, Philosophy & Ethics

The Religious Studies department is a key department in the school with a highly effective approach to developing the progress of students. The quality of teaching across the department is outstanding. (Challenge Partnership Review, November 2012)

Is this the real world? Why does the universe exist?  Is war ever justified?

Religion, Philosophy and Ethic is an opportunity to explore questions that delve into the deepest aspects of what it means to be human. You will have the opportunity to share ideas with your peers and develop your own opinions.

Studying Religion, Philosophy and Ethics will help you develop the tools you need to think critically and reason effectively. It will teach you how to recognise strengths and flaws in arguments that are presented to you. It encourages you to think deeply, ask questions and to be curious about life.

Rachel Lawrence – Subject Leader
Morgan Mirams- Associate Subject Leader
Lawrence Carroll- Director of SMSC, Line manager RS department
Jenny Welch – Head of Year
Jonny Sobczyk – Associate Assistant Head Teacher (part time)
Steve Davis – Associate Head Teacher (School)
Alex Leggett – Assistant Head Teacher
Annie Henken – Head of Year
Ben Bux – Subject Teacher


Year 7 :
Where am I now?
Is it possible to end suffering?(Buddhism)
What can we learn from Anne Frank? (Holocaust Memorial Day)
How do you achieve true freedom? (Hinduism)
Do we have a duty to help everyone? (Sikhism)

Year 8 :
Why should we observe religious festivals? (Judaism)
How can religious experiences change the world? (Islam)
Why is it important to remember the Holocaust?(Holocaust Memorial Day)

 Year 9:
Miracles, Mystery and Murder

–          Was Jesus just an ordinary man?
–          Do miracles occur?
–          Does money bring happiness?
–          Why did Jesus die?

Why should we stand up against hatred? Holocaust memorial day

Preparation for GCSE Religious studies.


Edexcel GCSE Year Ten – Religion and Life Year Eleven – Religion and Society 100% exam at the end of the course.
Religion and life:-          Believing in God-          Matters of Life and Death

–          Marriage and the family

–          Community cohesion


Religion and society:


–          Rights and responsibilities

–          The Environment and Medical issues

–          Peace and conflict

–          Crime and Punishment



OCR Philosophy and Ethics 100% exam at the end of the course.

AS Philosophy:

  • The God of Philosophy (Plato and Aristotle
  • The God of Faith (Judaeo-Christian ideas about God)
  • Arguments for the Existence of God
  • Challenges to Belief in God

AS Ethics:

  • Introduction to ethics
  • Moral absolutism and moral relativism
  • Natural Moral Law
  • Kant
  • Utilitarianism
  • Religious Ethics (Christianity)
  • Applied ethics


A2 Philosophy:

  • Life after Death
  • Revelation and Holy Scripture
  • Religious Experience
  • Miracles
  • Religious Language
  • The Nature of God


A2 Ethics:

  • Meta Ethics
  • Virtue Ethics
  • Free will and Determinism
  • Conscience
  • Environment and Business Ethics
  • Sexual Ethics


Visit to Hounslow Gurdwara
Visit to Neasden temple
Visit to St. Pauls Cathedral
Talk from Holocaust survivor
6th Form RS conference


How to support your child:

An excellent way to support students in RS is to talk to them about what they are studying. Discussions at home can help students develop their ideas and consider different points of view. It is also very helpful to visit places of worship. You can find out more about what students are learning in RS and watch films made in RS by Lampton students on the department’s ‘Youtube’ channel.

You can find out more about what students are learning for RS GCSE and students can do revision quizzes at GCSE Bitesize


For further information, contact:

Rachel Lawrence
Morgan Mirams