The Religious Studies Department

'When I do good, I feel good; when I do bad, I feel bad. That's my religion.’
- Abraham Lincoln

Religious Studies provokes challenging questions about the ultimate meaning and purpose of life, beliefs about God, the self and the nature of reality, issues of right and wrong and what it means to be human. It develops pupils’ knowledge and understanding of Christianity, other principal religions, other religious traditions and other world views. It offers opportunities for personal reflection and spiritual development. It enhances pupils’ awareness and understanding of religions and beliefs, teachings, practices and forms of expression, as well as of the influence of religion on individuals, families, communities and cultures.

At Humphry Davy School Religious Studies is taught throughout the school in accordance with the Cornwall Local Agreed Syllabus. This takes full account of the Christian tradition and also includes studies of other major world religions, in particular Islam and Buddhism. We encourage pupils to learn from different religions, beliefs, values and traditions, while exploring their own beliefs and questions of meaning. We challenge pupils to reflect on, consider, analyse, interpret and evaluate issues of truth, belief, faith and ethics and to communicate their responses.

In years 9, 10 and 11 all students follow an AQA accredited GCSE in Religious Studies.

Any parent who wishes to withdraw their child from this part of the curriculum due to religious reasons should contact the Headteacher.