“Are we human beings having a spiritual experience, or spiritual beings having a human experience?” 

Pierre Teilhard de Chardin


Religious Education at Hendon School aims to teach students about diverse lifestyles and world views. We encourage students to develop their own views; to speak and write articulately about their own backgrounds and experiences. Our department adopts a multi-faith, non-denominational approach to RE in which students learn about the major World faiths, including Christianity and Islam (which are studied in more depth in the GCSE course.)

Students have 2 lessons over 2 weeks.





Year 7

Is God real?

Who are the World 6

Can meditation benefit everybody?

What makes a space sacred?

Tribes Project

Spirited Arts Award

Year 8

How much difference can a religion contain?

How can religion be affected by politics?

Can any group be a religion?

What are Heaven and Hell?

What is Judaism?

Spirited Arts Award

Year 9

What is Atheism?

RE in the news.

What was the Holocaust? (In conjunction with the History department)

Can anything be justified in God’s name?

How should we respond to moral issues?

How can we show respect for life?


Outside the classroom

Philosophy club (KS3)
Year 7 trip to St Paul’s Cathedral in conjunction with the maths department
Year 9 Holocaust Memorial trip in conjunction with the history department
Year 12 trip (joint trip with Sociology) to the Centre for Scientology and ISKON temple to look at emerging religious movements.

Progression pathways and careers

All students complete Religious Studies as part of their Key Stage 4 curriculum. As a result students are well placed to go on to study Philosophy and Ethics but also subjects such as Law, Politics, Theology, Psychology, Sociology and Classics at A-level and University.

People with Religious Studies/ Philosophy and Ethics go into a range of careers including law, civil service, local government, education, journalism and business.

However, having an understanding of different religions and those with no religion is useful for all living in multi-cultural Britain.

Useful links


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