"Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people."

- Eleanor Roosevelt

FBI at GTS encourages pupils to value and respect the diversity we see in the world around us. Pupils learn how religion influences individuals, faith groups and wider society.

Being able to articulate and challenge ideas is a key skill, as is having an open mind!

KS3 Curriculum

Year 7 - FBI is taught within the challenge curriculum. There are a number of opportunities for pupils to explore religion and philosophy explicitly. For example within the Youth Speaks challenge pupils consider a range of philosophers throughout history and examine whether they agree with their teachings.  Pupils are encouraged to  engage in lively discussion and debate through the ‘Philosophy For Children’ programme.

Year 8 – FBI is taught once a fortnight for 100 minutes. Pupils study one  modules each term. . The first module is about ethical issues and includes an exploration of how we make moral choices as well as discussion of interesting issues such as the death penalty, sacrificial surgery and world poverty. They also study a module about world religions and a final module about the impact of the media upon religion.


KS4 Curriculum

Year  9 /10/11- AQA GCSE Religious Studies A
Pupils will be assessed by 2 terminal exams each of 1 hour 30 minutes. The first focuses on religion, specifically Christianity and Buddhism, with a focus on belief and action in each religion.

The second explores a range of moral issues regarding people, animals and the planet including abortion, euthanasia, capital punishment, abuse of world resources, etc. Pupils are encouraged to consider critically the religious perspectives of Buddhism and Christianity on these issues and to formulate their own opinions.


A range of visitors are invited in to share ideas with pupils.

We frequently discuss various topical situations from the past, present and future, using a wide range of media from books, DVDs and online resources.

Where possible extra-curricular activities are offered as well, including film and theatre trips such as the trip to Krakow for key stage 3 pupils.

Useful Links



BBC Bitesize

The Day


Staff Members


Subject Lead

Mrs Annie Sparrow

01805 623531 Ext. 352