“Minds are like parachutes, they only function when open” – Thomas Dewar
Welcome & Ethos
Ethics and Philosophy at Nunnery Wood High School encourages pupils to:
Understand what is meant by ‘religion’ and engage with the range of beliefs, practices and values they will thereby encounter.
This primary aim can be broken down into other important aims as follows:
Develop a knowledge and understanding of Christianity and other principal religious traditions represented in Great Britain;
Gain an understanding of the ways in which beliefs influence individuals, societies, communities and cultures in a global community;
Acquire a capacity to engage in a search for meaning and purpose in order to enhance their own spiritual and moral growth;
Discover opportunities for personal reflection and spiritual development;
Reflect upon their pursuit of a set of moral values which will be a guide to their behaviour;
Develop a positive attitude towards people who hold beliefs different from theirs;
Consider how their own experiences can contribute to reflection on the fundamental questions of human existence;
Acquire investigative and research skills in order for them to make reasoned judgements about religious issues;
Develop and apply their cross-curricular skills to the study of religious beliefs and practices;
Promote a willingness to challenge religious, racial and cultural stereotyping and prejudice;
Encourage, support and promote good relationships within and between families, communities and religions.
Context of the Subject
Ethics and Philosophy offers opportunities for personal reflection and spiritual development. It aims to enhance students’ awareness and understanding of religions and beliefs, teachings, practices and forms of expression, as well as of the influence of religion on individuals, the family, communities and cultures. We want the students at Nunnery Wood High School to become successful learners, confident individuals and responsible citizens, through provoking questions about the ultimate meaning and purpose of life, beliefs about God, the self and the nature of reality, issues of right and wrong and what it means to be human. We want our young people to develop their sense of identity and belonging and to flourish as individuals within their communities and as citizens in a diverse and global community. Ethics and Philosophy have an important role in preparing students for adult life, employment and lifelong learning. We aim to enable them to develop respect for and sensitivity towards others, in particular those whose faith and beliefs are different from their own.
Miss R Dowd
Phone: 01905 363652
Assistant Curriculum Leader
2 full-time teachers
3 non specialist teachers
1 full time teaching assistant.
There is specialist housing for this subject that contains excellent ICT facilities – interactive white boards and a bank of netbooks for student use in lessons. The subject also owns a good selection of religious artefacts that support learning inside and outside the classroom.