Religious Studies & Philosophy
Nurturing passionate and independent study is at the heart of what we do. We want all our students to be well informed about religion and philosophy and we do this through lively discussion and debate coupled with encouraging the girls to take an intellectually rigorous approach to the subject.
Although NLCS is a Christian foundation, we are very lucky to be a multi-faith school in which all of the major world faiths are represented. Therefore we teach objectively and with sensitivity at all times. The subject promotes understanding and respect of all religious and cultural perspectives.
Religious Studies & Philosophy is taught throughout the School and form part of the core curriculum in Years 7-9. For GCSE, there is a thorough investigation of the beliefs, practices and moral views of two major world religions. In the Sixth Form, the department offer two pathways leading to qualifications in either International Baccalaureate Philosophy or Pre-U Philosophy & Theology. Options studied are wide-ranging and include: Philosophy of Religion, Ethics and a study of philosophical texts, including Plato's Republic and Sartre's Existentialism and Humanism.
Study of such a diverse subject is supported by trips to places of religious interest as well as lectures, conferences and events held in School, including a Philosophy Week. There are currently two student-run magazines which aim to promote interest in philosophical ideas.
Wider interest in the subject is encouraged in the Philosophy Society, which regularly attracts high-profile speakers and organises extra-curricular events. In Years 7-9, the Young Philosophers group meet weekly and discussions are led by older students. In addition to the Philosophy Society, there is an Interfaith Society and also societies for girls with interest in particular faith perspectives, including: Jewish Society; Christian Society; Hindu, Sikh, Jain Society; Muslim Society; and Secular Society.
Enthusiasm for the value of studying Religion and Philosophy in their widest senses has meant large numbers of girls have gone on to read Theology, Philosophy or PPE at the most competitive universities.