Philosophy & Ethics

'Don't just teach your children to read...teach them to question what they read.  Teach them to question everything'. George Carlin

Key Stage 3:  


We have recently introduced a new and exciting programme of study that aims to give pupils a solid understanding of the beliefs and ideas across the world, as well as the ability to evaluate critically these ideas for themselves. From questions about the truth and reality to how we decide right from wrong, from the importance of human rights to whether there is life after death, students will be given the opportunity to encounter some of the most important ideas that have influence the way we think and live.


Learning in Philosophy and Ethics exhibits a wide range of valuable, desirable and sought after personal skills and attributes.  Many lessons are enquiry based, meaning they are centred around a question or questions on a particular area of stimulus. This will aid students in their development of skills such as questioning, listening analysing and evaluating.  We place a great emphasis on discussion based activities and encourage students to reflect on their and other’s beliefs and opinions on matters affecting all aspects of human life.


Key Stage 4:


From 2016, Philosophy and Ethics GCSE is being offered as an option choice for Key Stage 4.  The Philosophy and Ethics GCSE course gives pupils the opportunity to examine big questions in life and to think about and reflect on the views of key thinkers, philosophers and theologians.  There is much room for discussion, debate and investigation as we explore issues of right and wrong, life and death, medicine, war and religious and non-religious beliefs amongst many other topics.


Please see the Philosophy curriculum overviews for each Key Stage below.


Miss Z Pugh:  Philosophy and Ethics 

Miss E Fletcher:  Philosophy and Ethics (maternity leave)

Mrs T Donnelly: Humanities Lead TA