Religious Education is an essential part of the curriculum at Ilkley Grammar School. Topics covered reflect a wide range of religious and ethical issues. The opportunities to address diverse, personal and often sensitive subject matter are key in supporting the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of students in the school.
The schemes of work are designed with reference to the Bradford Agreed Syllabus. In Year 7 the focus is on the Abrahamic religions of Judaism, Christianity and Islam, while in Year 8 we look at the Eastern Dharmas of Buddhism, Hinduism and Sikhism. In Year 9 we concentrate on wider philosophical and ethical issues in preparation for GCSE studies and begin by looking at the innovative units, Pursuit of Happiness and Philosophy at the Movies.
The RE team are passionate about their subjects, this is infectious and as a result student uptake at GCSE and A level is high. Results in the department are improving year on year. GCSE students sit the AQA Syllabus completing the Philosophy and Ethics elements. At A level students sit the AQA Philosophy A Level studying units in Epistemology, Moral Philosophy, Philosophy of Mind and Philosophy of Religion.