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Religious Studies

Our Vision

At St. Saviour’s & St. Olave’s, ​our departmental vision is to develop religiously literate students who are confident and capable of grappling with competing truth claims to make rational, informed, and personal decisions about these truth claims.  ​

Religious Studies plays a central role in the spiritual, moral, cultural, social and mental development of each student at SSSO. It provides a structured and rigorous framework for students to explore the philosophical and ethical questions faced by all humanity. Questions about concepts such as: truth; God; reality; death; freedom; justice; goodness; rights; identity; love; friendship; rules; responsibility, existence; possibility; beauty; meaning; and human nature.

Religious Studies aims to:

  • Encourage students to question and respond to questions on meaning, purpose and values.
  • Equip students with the skills to challenge stereotypes and develop informed points of views.
  • Help students to enrich and explore their own beliefs, considering their basis and their implications.
  • Help students to explore and learn from the beliefs of others, building understanding of those things which influence and motivate people today both worldwide and in Britain.
  • Make students aware of current issues facing humanity today, supporting them in exploring their impact on their own lives and the lives of others.
  • Develop students’ creative and critical thinking skills, as well as their ability to reason.