Where do you draw the line? Many people say this generation of students is the most ethically alert and aware body of thinkers. The room comes alive when we have class discussions about abortion, war, euthanasia, cloning and many other contentious issues.
Imagine a subject which could take you to faraway cultures, to times past and to other worlds: that is what we do! Welcome to the most exciting subject in the world - this one at least!
Religious Education is the academic study of some of the most powerful, inspirational and emotive ideas in human history. A major component of what it means to be human is to 'believe'. In RE, we discuss these ideas, where they come from and how they influence and structure believers’ lives. Thinking about these issues makes our pupils more focused, analytical and skilful in both debate and research.
We want our pupils to be articulate about what they believe; we want their opinions to be backed up by solid academic knowledge. We have, at the same time, a completely unique, intellectual identity - teaching and reinforcing the intellectual skills that make many of our students successful applicants to law, journalism and a host of competitive and demanding careers.
To view the Religious Education curriculum please click here.
Mr Bruce Clements
Head of Religious Education
Mr Clements has been teaching at Brentwood since 2007 and is the Head of Department. After graduating from Belfast and Cambridge, Mr Clements taught abroad before returning to the UK. He also teaches in the EAL, CCT and IB departments and is a member of the CCF (Royal Navy) he is especially interested in the teaching of religious traditions and the study of Buddhism.
Miss Rachel Bishop
Miss Bishop has been teaching at Brentwood School since 2006 after graduating from the University of Exeter with a degree in Theology. She teaches Religious Education and A Level Philosophy. She is Deputy Head of the First Form and an Assistant Housemistress to West House and is part of the CSU team in which she supervises the Sign Language course. Miss Bishop has a keen interest in Islamic studies.
Mrs Sue Hawkings
Mrs Hawkings has been teaching at Brentwood School since 2005. She teaches Religious Education and English. She is also the Director of Life Skills, responsible for the delivery of PSHE and Citizenship to all students in the School. She is particularly interested in the delivery of RE using modern media and film.
Mr Robert Jenkins
Mr Jenkins has been teaching at Brentwood School since 2007. He teaches AS Religious Ethics, GCSE and Religious Education. Mr Jenkins also teaches Critical Thinking to Second Years, is Assistant Housemaster for Hough Boarding House and an active member of the CCT on Friday afternoon.
Mr Mark Monro
Mr Monro studied at, and is an Associate of King’s College London. He has been teaching at Brentwood School since 2006. He teaches A Level Ethics, IB Philosophy, IB Theory of Knowledge, Religious Education and Critical Thinking to Second Years. He is Housemaster for Mill Hill House and an active member of the CSU. He has a particular interest in the theories of human nature and the ways in which religious beliefs affect ethical behaviour.
Mr Matthew Taylor
Mr Taylor joined Brentwood School’s staff in 2010 as the International Baccalaureate Director. A graduate of Oxford University and Kings College London, Mr Taylor spent the earlier part of his career teaching Philosophy and Ethics. He has a particular interest in Thomist Philosophy and Medical Research and is the author of a number of Philosophy of Religion books. Throughout his career Mr Taylor has maintained a keen interest in education theory and assessment practice; he is a member of the Royal Chartered Institute of Educational Assessors and also heads the Creative and Critical Thinking Department at Brentwood School.