At Somervale School we do not promote any one way of looking at the world but rather encourage our students to reflect and think critically about a number of world views both religious and non-religious, before they arrive at their own opinions.
At KS3 we take an in depth look at a number of religions including Christianity, Islam and Buddhism and alongside this consider a number of philosophical and ethical questions including: What happens when we die? Does God exist? Can we resolve the philosophical problem of evil and suffering? What makes a person inspirational? What cause prejudice and discrimination and how can this be resolved? What matters? What does it mean to live a ‘good’ life?
At KS4 all student do a short course GCSE Philosophy and Applied Ethics with some students doing a full course GCSE in Philosophy and Applied Ethics as appropriate. This builds on the work they do at KS3 and involves
|studying a number of philosophical and ethical issues from the following areas: The Nature of God; The End of Life; Good and Evil; Religion and Science; Medical Ethics; Poverty and Wealth; Peace and Justice; and Equality. The religious point of view considered at GCSE is Christianity, which is looked at alongside other non-religious perspectives.
At ‘A’ Level we build on this work further through a study of The Philosophy of Religion and Ethics.
The emphasis through all key stages is to enable students to develop the skills that allow them to weigh up conflicting viewpoints and claims to the truth before arriving at their own reasoned opinions. The intention is that all students leave Somervale ‘religiously literate’ and able to engage with and make sense of the world around them.