This subject is central to our whole school ethos, a community founded on love, hope and trust. In Religious Studies the students learn about these Christian values but they are also given the opportunity to consider, objectively, the values of other religions. Students are able to consider the teachings of Judaism, Buddhism, Hinduism, Sikhism and Islam and to see where these religions are similar and where they are different. The focus in lessons is on respect for the beliefs of others and the golden rule at St. Mark’s is to treat others as you, yourself, would expect to be treated. This focus underpins the tolerant attitude the multi-faith pupil population at St. Marks has.
All pupils take Religious Studies as a GCSE at St. Marks and in Years 10 and 11 they will have two lessons a week. The focus at GCSE is on Christianity and we also take a closer look at Islam. Students are educated about ‘Religion and Life’ and ‘Religion and Society’ with the Edexcel examination board. The subject is popular and this is reflected in the uptake for our new A-level course ‘Philosophy and Ethics’.