“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.)

All students study Religious Studies at GCSE

Students have 2 lessons a week in year 10

Students have 1 lesson a week in year 11

Exam board – Edexcel

Course outline – The course covers a range of ethical issues (and religious responses to these) over the course of two units:

Unit 1 - Religion and Life
Unit 8 - Religion and Society

The two religions explored are Christianity and Islam.





Year 10

Religions and Social Responsibility

Crime and Punishment

Peace and Conflict

Environmental and Medical Ethics

Revision for end year exam

Religion and Community Cohesion

Year 11

Marriage and the Family

Matters of Life and Death

Believing in God

Religion and the Media

Revision for the exam


Outside the classroom

We organise intervention session for Year 11 students (by invitation only) each year in the run up to the exams

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


Mr Andrew Meldrum, Head of Religious Education

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