Religious Education / PSHE


Religious Education


Religion, Philosophy and Ethics is a key component of The Taunton Academy curriculum.  As a church school it is essential that we include the exploration of faith(s) at the centre of your child’s development.  RPE is not only a wonderfully academic subject but one that allows students to explore their own faith and beliefs and those of others around them. As a multicultural society we endeavour to celebrate difference and build communities of tolerance and understanding. We explore many ultimate questions which have been asked since the beginning of time ‘who am I?’ ‘What is the purpose of life?’ ‘How can we know the right way to live?’


During Key Stage 3:

  • We explore all the 6 main world faiths; Islam, Buddhism, Christianity, Sikhism, Hinduism and Judaism.
  • Explore philosophical ideas and ultimate questions.
  • Think about how we can know the best way to live.


We follow the AQA RE GCSE with an emphasis on Christianity and Islam.

We also explore various themes;

  • War and Conflict
  • Relationships and family
  • The existence of God
  • Religion and life.

We cover issues such as Abortion, Euthanasia, Cloning, design argument, miracles, and pacifism, just war, Jihad, contraception, gender and identity.

All units are assessed and detail feedback is given to students to show them what they need to do in order to improve their work.


Religion, Philosophy and Ethics at The Taunton Academy equips students to think broadly and in depth about life.  They are able to interact with contemporary news stories with insight and understanding.  They know who they are and celebrate difference.  They understand the value of communities and our personal need for autonomy.

GCSE students go on to study subjects such as law, politics, phycology, sociology, philosophy and Medicine.


Personal Social and Health Education

PSHE is taught through the curriculum, also through specialist providers visiting the school for part or all of a day to work with students. The broad themes are:

  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Relationships
  • Living in the Wider World


These are taught throughout Key Stages 3 and 4. Visiting speakers deliver drama performances and workshops exploring a range of PSHE themed topics and these are always extremely well received by our students.

From September 2016 PSHE will have discrete timetabled sessions with RE.