OUR AIM is to equip students with the tools to enquire, evaluate, reflect and be curious about the world they live in, particularly through the prism of religion, ethics and philosophy, as well as to engender independent thought.

Discussion and debate are encouraged. This should lead students to make free and informed choices based on reasoned evidence as a result of a balanced presentation of the issues in class.

The 20th Century British Philosopher Bertrand Russell said, “Philosophy, if it cannot answer so many questions as we could wish, has at least the power of asking questions which increase the interest of the world, and show the strangeness and wonder lying just below the surface even in the commonest things of daily life” (The Problems of Philosophy, 1912).

Religious Studies & Philosophy are thriving at Wilson’s with a department consisting of dedicated and passionate subject specialists who seek to provide thought-provoking, rigorous and enjoyable experiences for all students.  Our approach is academic but our backgrounds enable the students to encounter a wealth of different perspectives which include Theology, Ethics and Philosophy.

Our Staff

Miss Grant (Head of Religious Studies and Philosophy)
Ms Bostone
Miss Atwell
Mr Lynch


Trips and competitions with which the department has been involved in recent years include:

  • Visit to Neasden Hindu Temple
  • Visit to St Paul’s Cathedral
  • Visit to the Buddhist Temple in Wimbledon
  • Visit to the South London Gurdwara
  • The NATRE Spirited Arts competition
  • Southwark Cathedral’s Post-16 conference
In addition we regularly encourage students to enter a range of essay competitions run by prestigious universities.

For all students, RE and Philosophy Drop-In runs every Tuesday lunchtime in room 22 with Miss Grant. The department’s Drop-In is designed to be a place where students can seek out further support or trouble shooting on a range of issues.

The department’s Philosophy, Religion and Ethics Society, which runs every Wednesday lunchtime in room 22, is also open to all. Here students are exposed to a range of questions: from should we ever eat animals to whether religion and politics should cross over.

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