The Theology Department firmly believes that the study of religion is both a rigorous academic discipline, as well as a journey of faith and self-discovery. As Anselm asserted, Theology is ‘faith which seeks to understand’ and, at New Hall, students are encouraged to become religiously literate young people who have the knowledge, understanding and skills to think spiritually, ethically and theologically, and who are aware of the demands of religious commitment in everyday life.
One of the main aims of the department is to ensure that students leave New Hall equipped with a sound knowledge, appreciation and critical awareness of religion in general and of the Catholic Christian faith in particular. The moral and spiritual formation of our students is a key priority of all Theology lessons; enabling students to make informed decisions regarding their own faith and values. The Theology Department, respecting the beliefs of non-Catholic students and the consciences of all, aims to communicate and share a lively, articulate and inclusive Christian faith. Theology teachers work collaboratively with other departments and areas of the school to ensure the Catholic ethos and gospel values of New Hall are prevalent throughout the curriculum.
Another important departmental aim is to promote academic excellence and this is reflected in the consistently excellent examination results of our students and the Theology Department was judged as outstanding by the most recent Section 48 diocesan inspection.
Key Stage 3 (Years 7-9)
Students study the three monotheistic religions during Key Stage 3; this includes consideration of how and why people believe in God and the ways in which God continues to reveal himself to people today. Students are introduced to the study of ethics and various sources of moral authority and they learn important debating skills. Mid-term assessments are carried out in the Michaelmas and Lent terms, with an examination towards the end of the Trinity term.
Key Stage 4 (GCSE) – AQA Religious Studies (Christianity and Judaism)
Students study the beliefs and practices of Christianity and Judaism at GCSE as well as a range of philosophical and ethical themes including marriage and human relationships, crime and punishment and the philosophical arguments for the existence of God. Whilst the course is based on the Christian tradition, students are also encouraged to reflect upon Christian doctrine considering their own perspectives as well as alternative academic and religious disciplines. Students sit their examinations at the end of Year 11. Students perform highly and the 2022 GCSE results saw 54% of students achieve Grades 9-8.
- Weekly Theology Society led by the Theology Prefects encourages debate and critical thought
- Effective and thorough preparation for students looking to study Theology or Philosophy at top Universities
- A Theology trip to India, open to students in Year 10 and above
- Regular visits from lecturers and external speakers
- Opportunities to compete in national competitions such as the UK Philosothon
- Internal and external essay competitions
Head of Theology: Miss M. Webb [email protected]