Religion, Philosophy and Ethics

“Our vision is for our students to become thoughtful, well-informed and tolerant young people”

At Hayes we believe that studying Religion, Philosophy and Ethics (RPE) helps students to understand and appreciate aspects of cultural difference, context and change while challenging and extending their perceptions of themselves and other people. The subject promotes self-awareness, respect, open-mindedness, appreciation and wonder. RPE also helps pupils develop key skills such as communication, working with others and problem solving. At Hayes School, RPE is a curriculum entitlement for all students.


In KS3 all students study aspects of the Six Major Religions in the United Kingdom –Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Buddhism, Sikhism and Hinduism.

Year 7 – Dharmic Religions
• Introduction to religion
• Hinduism
• Buddhism
• Sikhism

Year 8 – Abrahamic Religions
• Judaism
• Christianity and the life of Jesus
• Islam
• Introduction to Philosophy and Ethics

All year 8 students also take part in a project competition organised by the Darul Uloom school in Chislehurst in partnership with Bromley SACRE on the ‘Meaning of Islam’. Finalists have the opportunity to visit Darul Uloom for a prize-giving ceremony.


For RPE, KS4 begins at the start of year 9. All students study for a full course GCSE in Religious Studies. Students study the AQA GCSE Religious Studies Specification A. The aim of the course is to enable students to address fundamental questions about basic beliefs and behaviour and to investigate the ways in which religious beliefs and values are relevant to moral issues and behaviour. Students will also have the opportunity to reflect on their own beliefs and values in relation to ethical and moral issues, such as whether the UK should bring back the death penalty or legalise euthanasia. The course is comprised of two components. The first component covers Islamic and Christian teachings, beliefs and practices. The second component is thematic; it covers different religious, philosophical and ethical topics and issues. We look at these philosophical and moral issues from the perspective of Christianity and Islam. We also examine these issues from the non-religious point of view and students will also respond to these issues from a personal perspective, learning to justify and support their views.


At KS5, we currently offer the OCR Religious Studies A-Level, choosing to study Philosophy of Religion and Religious Ethics. Philosophy of Religion caters for those who are interested in examining and participating in arguments for and against the existence of God. Topics included are Ancient Greek Philosophy, classic arguments for the existence of God, the problem of evil. Religious Ethics concentrates on ethical theories and how they respond to a variety of ethical issues. Topics included are Natural Law, Situation Ethics, Euthanasia and Sexual Ethics.


Head of RPE: Mrs P Larbi 
Mrs Larbi graduated with a BA in Politics and International relations degree from the University of Kent in Canterbury; she gained her PGCE at UEL. She completed her master’s degree in Philosophy and Ethics in education from Heythrop University. Mrs Larbi has enjoyed teaching Religious Studies over the last 8 years and considers it to be, her duty and privilege to educate the next generation.

Miss C Sampson has been an RPE teacher at Hayes since 2015 having trained as an RE teacher with Bromley Schools' Collegiate. She completed a degree in Religious Studies and Early Childhood Studies (First Class with Honours) and has a particular interest in Eastern Philosophy and Indian traditions. She particularly enjoys outdoor activities and travelling to explore different cultures. 

Mr J Hoole was born and raised in Sheffield. He began his teaching career in 1997 and has enjoyed over twenty happy and successful years in five very different schools, including Hayes. Although not religious himself, he finds religious studies and its capacity to reflect the different ways we as humans have tried to understand the universe particularly fascinating. However, his primary interests lie in philosophy, with its potential to constantly push the boundaries of intellectual thought and challenge the very nature of reality itself.