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Philosophy & Religion

There will be no end to the troubles of states, or of humanity itself, till philosophers become kings in this world, or till those we now call kings and rulers really and truly become philosophers, and political power and philosophy thus come into the same hands.  Plato

Philosophy is the love of wisdom. It is wanting to understand everything, but not being prepared to take anything on trust. The Philosopher challenges everything; they are the adult who never quite grew out of the child’s game of asking ‘why?’ to everything they are told. Philosophy straddles the Sciences, the Arts and the Humanities, taking the best of each, informing each, and moving further. That is why not just rulers, but everyone, should study Philosophy.

For me, Philosophy is about understanding the world we live. I believe that life is full of difficult questions which should be confronted head on, with intellectual honesty. The P&R classroom is, for me, the place to do that. P&R today is a vibrant, interesting, and above all relevant subject, with high academic standards and a unique capacity to enable students to develop as people.   Mr A Gaunt – Head of Philosophy and Religion


In Philosophy, we explore the complex and diverse religious and secular ideas, beliefs and morals which exist in Britain and the world today. We aim to guide students in producing their own well-reasoned answers in response to philosophical, ethical and religious ultimate questions.

Aims of the Course

We set high standards for the students, and expect students to meet them. The material covered in Philosophy is intellectually challenging, but also interesting and stimulating.

To do this, we believe in a questioning approach. We ask complex questions, and analyse and evaluate answers. We do not, however, teach the answer.

In class, the students are given a safe environment in which to explore philosophical, ethical, religious and secular ideas, their own thoughts, and the arguments of others. Lessons are interactive, with students encouraged to take an active, rather than passive role. Lessons are also relevant. We delve into issues that impact on all of us, and which appear all around us in our everyday lives, in the media, and in the world we live in.