Department of Religion and Philosophy

In this core subject from Remove to Upper 5, students are encouraged to engage and interact with the subject material. Each year group learn about different religious beliefs and practices, and each girl is encouraged to explore for herself the important questions of meaning and purpose in life.

A variety of teaching strategies is employed in order to engage students, as well as creating an atmosphere in which students may feel free to express their own opinions. We do not seek to nurture students in any particular faith. Rather, we aim to affirm each individual’s own beliefs and values whilst providing opportunities for consideration of the experiences of others.

Classes are enriched by visiting places of worship, as well as having the opportunity to speak to members of different faith communities.

Lower School

Building on their previous lessons, students continue to develop a greater understanding of the six major religions and develop their skills of empathy, analysis and evaluation.

Upper School

Students continue exploring religion, faith and belief, and consider how religious people respond to issues of morality. In Lower 5 and Upper 5, all students have the opportunity to study the HPQ, looking at philosophical and moral issues, whilst the option to take a full Religious Studies GCSE course is also available.

Sixth Form

SQA Higher and Advanced Higher are on offer to sixth form students. Each course stretches students further in their understanding of religion and ethical issues, and also involves an extended piece of writing. The bioethics section of the Advanced Higher, dealing with current topical issues in relation to medical ethics, is of particular interest to students who wish to follow the medical field.

Beyond the classroom

There is a Philosophy Club in Lower school, which the first Tuesday of every month and discusses issues and dilemmas, which always leads to some interesting exchanges of views.

Teaching Staff

Alex Barret

MA (Hons) Divinity

Peter Verrecchia

MA Philosophy and Sociology, BD Theology

Olivia Williams

MA (Hons) Religious Studies

All our teachers are registered with the GTCS (General Teaching Council for Scotland) and they all hold a post graduate teaching qualification (usually PGCE or PGDE) if their degree is not in education.