Religious Studies

While the knowledge, skills and understanding are central to the Copthorne prep School RS Syllabus, it is also vital that RS encourages pupils to develop positive attitudes to their learning and to the beliefs and values of others. We teach the following criteria through RS


In RS, this includes:

  • enabling pupils to feel confident about their own beliefs and identity and to share them without fear of embarrassment or ridicule;
  • developing a realistic and positive sense of their own religious and spiritual ideas;
  • recognising their own uniqueness as human beings;
  • becoming increasingly sensitive to the impact of their ideas and behaviour upon other people.

Respect for all

In RS, this includes:

  • developing skills of listening and willingness to learn from others who are different;
  • readiness to look at the positive potentialities of diversity and difference
  • sensitivity to the feelings and ideas of others;
  • willingness to make a contribution to a diverse society for the well-being of all.

Open Mindedness

In RS, this includes:

  • willingness to seek new truth through learning;
  • the ability to engage in argument or disagree reasonably and respectfully (without belittling or abusing others)
  • the development of attitudes that distinguish between such things as superstition or prejudice and such things as conviction and faith;
  • the ability to argue respectfully, reasonably and evidentially about religious, moral and spiritual questions

Appreciation and wonder

In RS, this includes:

  • developing their imagination and curiosity,
  • recognising that knowledge is bounded by mystery
  • appreciating the sense of wonder at the world in which they live, and their response to questions of meaning and purpose.

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We are expanding to GCSE!

Parents have told us they need a quality senior school alternative, so from September 2021, pupils already at Copthorne or joining in Year 7 will be able to stay with us to Year 11. Our first GCSE exams will take place in 2026. 

Join us at our next Virtual Open Morning or read about our expansion to find out more.