We engage in the deepest questions of faith, life, truth and hope.
1 Peter 3:15
We believe that religious education is the foundation of the entire educational process. We offer a comprehensive and systematic study of Theology which is academically rigorous and challenging. Its primary purpose is academic, not catechetical or evangelical, but the subject forms an important part of the catechetical community. Academic excellence is our primary focus, and this is delivered by our dedicated team of experienced teachers. All students at Ampleforth study Christian Theology.
In the Middle School, the subject is core. Year 9 students study for two hours a week, Years 10 and 11 study for three hours a week following the AQA Religious Studies syllabus, and all take the full GCSE. Results have traditionally been very strong.
In the Sixth Form, Year 12 students either take a further half GCSE (1 hour per week) or the full AS level (6 hours per week). Year 13 students who have taken the AS may choose to take this forward to A2. Again, our results have been strong.
Many of our sixth form read Theology or Philosophy at University. There is the opportunity to study with the world-class theologian Fr Henry Wansbrough in the extra-curricular Newman Group (aimed at those who wish to read Theology or Philosophy at Oxbridge or Durham) and the opportunity to join our very popular Aquinas Society or our junior Abelard Society.