Head of Department - Mrs K Beresford-Miller
Religious Studies at Trinity is a vibrant academic discipline and the Syllabus is designed to give pupils of all beliefs and backgrounds the ability to explore and reflect on the beliefs and values of people of all religious faiths and of none. Students may therefore find their own perspective enhanced by an appreciation of the world around them and be enabled to deal with it with sensitivity and consideration.
In the Junior School (Years 6 - 9) a grounding in RS is established in the core skills of the subject; the majority of students then study the subject as a GCSE [AQA Religious Studies - a study of Christianity, Islam and non religious responses to a range of ethical and philosophical issues]. RS continues in the Sixth Form as a very popular choice at A Level [OCR: Religious Studies - the study of Philosophy, Ethics and Religion] and many students proceed to study related subjects at University.
The Department is housed in a new purpose-designed suite of rooms which comprise the New Building and Main Entrance. There are regular visits to RS Student Conventions; recent speakers include Dr Jonathan Sacks on Faith and Law; Alister McGrath and Prof William Lane Craig on the writings of C S Lewis and Rt Rev Tom Wright on the nature of Righteousness and modern politics. . Overseas visits include GCSE visits to Rome and Krakow, and for A level students to Israel, Zurich and Vienna.
We are delighted to have welcomed distinguished academics in Philosophy and Theology, including Dr Lloyd Pietersen on NT Theology and Dr Peter Vardy, formerly Vice-Principal of Heythrop College, London. Dr Vardy has held national conferences in A level Philosophy of Religion at the school; his whole Year-group ‘Gifted and Talented’ seminars for Yr.9 Trinity students have also been exceptionally successful. This year we are particularly delighted that Dr Rowan Williams has kindly accepted an invitation to spend a day at Trinity talking with pupils, parents and former students . We are honoured, also, to have a continuing relationship with the family of Carl Gustav Jung and have been fortunate enough to be invited to visit his grandsons and their family home at Kusnacht and to learn about him in the study and library in which he worked. The family has been kind enough to allow us to visit, too, the private meditation tower which Jung built at Bollingen The Religious Studies Department has developed its own Philosophy, Theology and Ethics magazine ‘i-Think’ which brings together intellectual insights from all subject disciplines and is run predominantly by students..