Religion, Philosophy and Ethics (RPE)

Religion, Philosophy and Ethics (RPE)

Educating the heart and mind through reason, truth and love.

Religion, Philosophy and Ethics (RPE) is a thought-provoking and engaging subject and is studied by all pupils from Year 7 to Year 11. The RPE department has an exciting opportunity to give its young people the chance to explore and respond to a rich diversity of spiritual, religious and non-religious traditions that extend far beyond the School’s Methodist foundation.

The RPE department will never impose or inculcate any particular view on others; rather, we seek to elicit a spirit of respect, open-mindedness and enquiry from all of our students at all times. Furthermore, we aspire to present RPE as a thought-provoking and engaging subject that everyone can enjoy.

Thinking Critically, Cultivating Empathy, Respecting Diversity.

Key Stage 3

In Year 7, students study three topics: The Phenomenon of Religion, Ethics and Morality and The Philosophy of Religion. Each one explores fundamental questions and theories surrounding the nature of reality and our participation in it. In Year 8, students will progress to study a variety of major world faiths: Judaism, Islam and Hinduism. Herein, students explore the historical traditions, social dimensions and fundamental beliefs and practices of each one. Year 9 students have the opportunity to enjoy a newly constructed curriculum that explores Humanism (with comparative elements of Christianity), Human Relationships and The Philosophy of Suffering. The course is designed to be a precursor to the new optional RPE IGCSE course in Years 10 and 11.


Those students who opt into the IGCSE (Edexcel accredited) can expect to cover a variety of religious, non-religious, philosophical and ethical topics. These are:

  • Buddhist Studies: Origins; Celebration and Pilgrimage; Worship and Practice
  • The Universe, Creation and the Place of Human Beings
  • Life and Death
  • Peace and Conflict
  • Rights, Equality and Social Justice

All students who do not opt in to the IGCSE attend one lesson of General RPE a week.


If students wish to study RPE beyond the IGCSE years, then they may opt in to the Advanced Level course in RPE. Accredited by OCR (Religious Studies), the course comprises three elements: Philosophy, Ethics and the Development of Buddhist Thought.

At all key stages RPE is delivered by a team of dedicated and enthusiastic teachers. The department appreciates the vital role that religious/non-religious belief and spirituality plays in a pluralistic and multi-faith world; we invite our students to be part of this realisation and negotiate an informed path that is defined by integrity, reason and a lasting respect for all people, at all times and in all places.