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Religious Studies

“Whether one believes in a religion or not…there isn’t anyone who doesn’t appreciate kindness and compassion.” Dalai Lama

Religious Studies teaching at Ashdown House focuses on Christianity as part of our heritage and as a living faith, as well as exploring other world religions, including Islam and Judaism.

We explore festivals at the appropriate times, with reference to the ISEB Religious Studies Syllabus, so that the pupils can appreciate the heart of different cultures.

Religious Studies utilises many academic skills to help pupils develop an understanding of people, history, literature and attitudes, as well as an interest in the key issues of life. We help pupils to develop philosophical skills, thought and reasoning and to express arguments and points of view in a cohesive manner in both verbal and written form.

There is good scope for discussion, drama and creative artwork. We aim to foster a spirit of enquiry, understanding, respect for the views of others, an awareness of moral values, and the ability to present ideas and arguments.

We promote the spiritual, moral, mental and physical development of the children and of society and prepare pupils for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of adult life.