Religious Studies

Religious education has never been more important: students must learn about the belief systems for which people live, die and even kill.

At Mayfield, we aim to educate and inform our pupils, to deepen their understanding of both their own faith and the faiths of others, and to provide each of them with an understanding of how religion has shaped, and continues to shape, the world in which we live.

Mayfield is an inclusive community, and as such we welcome students of any or no faith. While our approach is rooted in Catholic Christianity, our students learn about the other major world faiths. We aim to provide a supportive and stimulating teaching environment where girls feel comfortable debating openly and with an enquiring spirit, in order to develop their own ideas and stances to religious, philosophical and moral questions. We aim to instil in each of our pupils the ability to listen to other people’s points of view with respect and tolerance, even if they conflict with their own.

Religious Studies offers a fascinating insight into many of the fundamental problems of human existence, which people have pondered and discussed throughout history. ‘Why am I here?’ ‘Is there a God?’ ‘Why do people suffer?’ ‘How can I live a good life?’ Studying ways in which thinkers from the past have responded to these and other questions can help us to find meaning and a purpose in our own lives.  Dealing with such questions is a life-long task, and there is a wealth of resources from philosophical and religious traditions to help us examine them.

Students are taken on visits to places of worship, including a Jewish Synagogue, a Hindu Mandir and Westminster Cathedral.