Religious Studies

Head of Department: Isobel Boyson

Members of Department:

  • Ruth Marx
  • Eddie Raggles
  • Rizwana Rehman
  • Molly Robson

Religious Studies at Morpeth is taught by a team of passionate and committed subject specialists.

The subject gives students an opportunity to debate, discuss and explore big questions of religion, identity and belief. 

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Key Stage 3 Curriculum (Years 7-8)

The course that our Year 7 and 8 students follow is designed to be fun, engaging and inclusive, introducing the students to a broad range of religious and philosophical ideas, traditions and beliefs. We study all the major world religions, as well as non-religious perspectives.

Trips include a visit to a Church and Mosque. Each year we run a visit to a local Synagogue and have an interfaith workshop about Judaism and Islam.


Key Stage 4 curriculum (Years 9-10)

In Year 9 and Year 10 all students at Morpeth study AQA GCSE Religious Studies.

The course focuses on Christian and Muslim teachings and their responses to a range of ethical and moral issues, ranging from crime and punishment to life after death. 

Students have one lesson a week.

Key Stage 5 Curriculum (Years 12-13)

We offer an A Level in Religious Studies, focusing on Islam, Philosophy and Ethics.

The OCR course studies philosophical arguments surrounding the existence of God and the nature of faith and belief.

We also look at key ethical theories and apply them to dilemmas and areas of life.  In addition to this, the course looks at the core beliefs and practices of Islam.

We organise regular trips to Philosophy and Theology university departments, and organise a range of guest speakers, visits and trips to further students’ engagement with the course.

Extracurricular Opportunities in the Religious Studies Department

The Religious Studies department at Morpeth regularly organise trips which help students engage with issues of faith and belief beyond the classroom. These have included trips to the London Buddhist Centre, the Jewish Museum and a visit to St Paul’s Cathedral.  Students visit Brick Lane to explore the sights (and tastes!) of community cohesion in the East End.