The scholar, Edwin Cox sees Religious Studies as a subject that seeks to confront “a man’s attempt to explain to himself the meaning and purpose of his own existence”.
At Bury Grammar we aim to give our pupils the skills to appreciate and examine the world and their position within it in a critical yet empathetic way. Through the study of a wide variety of religions we help our pupils to develop a position of respect, tolerance and acceptance towards people of different cultures and faiths, whilst also encouraging them to question and explore the world around them. It is important they gain a knowledge and understanding of the range of beliefs that exist in the world today, and to have examined the reason why some people proclaim a religious faith and others do not.
We also give our pupils the tools to adopt a critical and reflective approach to life in the twenty-first century concentrating on topical issues which are directly relevant to them as individuals and society in general including topics such as Medical Ethics, Prejudice and Discrimination and the Morality of War. Our aim is that through promoting an inquiring mind, critical judgement, reasoned argument and the analysis of evidence our students will leave us with an appreciation for the human condition, however they find it in their future lives.
In Year 7 teaching is in themes, investigating signs and symbols, religious buildings, festivals and Founders of the Faiths. Ethics and Philosophy are introduced in Year 8. Issues, involving the existence of God, the relationship between religion and the media, conflict and personal responsibility are thoroughly discussed and investigated giving pupils the opportunity to appreciate the religious perspective of ultimate questions, moral issues and contemporary concerns.
Students who choose GCSE as an option follow the AQA Specification A where they study Christianity and Islam. Students are challenged with questions about belief, values, meaning, purpose and truth, enabling them to develop their own attitudes towards religious issues. Students also gain an appreciation of how religion, philosophy and ethics form the basis of our culture. They develop analytical and critical thinking skills, the ability to work with abstract ideas, leadership and research skills.
The A Level specification followed is OCR and we study Philosophy, Ethics and Developments in Christian Thought. Students develop a greater understanding and appreciation of religious beliefs and teachings, as well as the disciplines of ethics and philosophy of religion. Students also develop their skills of critical analysis in order to construct balanced, informed arguments and responses to religious, philosophical and ethical ideas.
Miss Rumboldt graduated from the University of Cambridge with a MA (Hons) in Theology and Religious Studies before completing the Graduate Teacher Programme affiliated to Edge Hill University.
She began her career at Bury Grammar School in 2006.