Religious Studies

Religious Studies

Religious Studies 

Religious Education at Malbank School encourages personal development, spiritual growth, and social action.

"RE is a mirror through which pupils can understand themselves and society, and a window showing an alternative vision."

What's our aim?

Malbank's Religious Studies department is committed to developing you as a person.  We will offer you the opportunity to explore and reflect on the beliefs of the six major world religions (Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, Sikhism and Buddhism) and compare and contrast them with your own world view, whether that view is theist, atheist or agnostic.

We put your development at the heart of everything we do, offering you engaging and though-provoking teaching from year 7 to year 13.  We are continually growing in popularity; in spite of various political changes to education, employers and universities continue to value Religious Studies as an academic and intellectual subject.  In response to popular demand, we now offer three different routes to qualification at KS4, from two different exam boards.  Please explore our pages to find out why...

Why are Religious Studies Important?

Here are some of the reasons. They are not in any particular order but the sheer weight of the argument should convince you that studying Religious Education is important for your education.

  • By studying the subject you learn about the spiritual aspect to all life and may learn to experience this aspect in your own life.
  • Through your study you learn and gain understanding about the relationships with other people. You may become more appreciative of others and be able to understand another person's motives, ideas and beliefs.
  • Through Religious Studies you learn about religion and faith, something that has affected life on this planet over the last two millennia. You learn how it has affected history, science and behaviour.
  • By taking part in the course you learn, understand and appreciate the important issues that affect people throughout the world and will affect you in your adult life.
  • The courses challenge you to think about the fundamental questions about life. How are we here? What is the meaning of life? and many more.
  • The courses also help you to deal with the issues that will affect your life, such as relationships, marriage etc.
  • Religious Education has many transferable skills which can be used in other areas of your study and in a wide variety of career opportunities. Many employers see these skills as being very important.

In our global society RE plays a vital role in arming the next generation with the knowledge skills and understanding to appreciate the variety of people they will come across in their day to day lives.

It is important that young people today have a chance to learn and reflect upon their own religion and culture as well as those of other people, gaining a sound grasp of the similarities and differences between religions of the world, and how to deal with these differences in a positive and mature manner. Good quality RE can transform pupils' assessments of themselves, and their understanding of the wider position of the world in which we live. We believe that as well as learning about religion pupils can learn from religion.