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Religious Studies

The Religious Studies (RS) Department is dynamic and forward-thinking, and helps students to develop their knowledge of Christianity and other worldviews.

The Department aims to encourage students to develop a positive attitude towards other people, especially those who hold different beliefs to their own, by helping them understand the importance of religious belief in society.

Pupils are encouraged to question, think and reflect on their own beliefs, values and experiences in a positive atmosphere where each individual feels valued and supported to reach their full potential.

Form 1 students are introduced to the concept of religion, Form 2 pupils study Judaism and Christianity is the main topic studied by Form 3.

At GCSE (following the OCR board), students learn the key beliefs and practices of Christians and Muslims, as well as tackling ethical questions and the place of religious and non-religious perspectives in public life. At A Level (following the Edexcel board), there is detailed engagement with Islam, the New Testament and Ethics.

The Department offers digital resources to help students learn, encourages lively classroom debates and leads trips.

Co-curricular trips and workshops are arranged, such as lectures about church architecture, as part of Pangbourne’s Gifted and Talented Programme and a good number of students go on to further their studies by reading Theology or Philosophy
and Ethics at university.

Meet the Teachers

Mrs Caroline Bond - Head of RS, Deputy Head (Pastoral), Designated Safeguarding Lead

BA (Hons) Theology, University of Hull and PGCE Religious Education, University of London, Institute of Education

Reverend Neil Jeffers - Teacher of RS, College Chaplain, Head of Golf

MA History (Ancient and Modern), St John’s College, Oxford and MTh Theological and Pastoral Studies, Oak Hill Theological College

Miss Harriet Waller - Teacher of Religious Studies, Teacher of History, Head of Netball

BA (Hons) Sports and Social Sciences, University of Bath, PGCE, University of Buckingham