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Students from The Harris Experience visited University of Cambridge Gonville & Caius College today for some taster lectures amd a tour of the campus.


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Video which was created for the purpose of the spelling bee. Such a great feeling when you enthuse and encourage students through this event.Proud to be part of this experience


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Welcome to everyone from for tonight's Advance Project performance. A sneak peek from inside the rehearsal room


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A big thank you to the parents that attended the ‘Positive Me’ programme meeting yesterday. It was great to share the progress that is being made and discuss ways in which we can continue to support the children to the best of our ability.


Wow! Such wonderful celebrations for World Book Day! Well done to our Primary children for your amazing costumes this week!


Primary Students: We cannot wait to see your World Book Day Costumes!


We look forward to welcoming all students back to the Academy today (5th March) at 8.20am. Business as usual!


The Academy is partially closed today due to adverse weather conditions. We are closed to all students except Year 12/13. Please see website


The Academy will be closed today (1st March) due to adverse weather conditions.


The Academy is open as usual today.


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An amazing first session with the wonderful Year 2 children . We explored the importance of kind and positive behaviour as part of our ‘Positive Me’ programme. Some lovely feedback from the children. Looking forward to our next session already.


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Off to Academy this morning to deliver an assembly with on all things


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Brilliant sessions and today. Only week 2 and already some fantastic progress being made. Helping Young People Grow 💪🏻


It was really great to have students at Priscilla Wakefield house this week, to perform for the residents.


Such a successful Winter Show last week - huge thank you to Ms O'Keeffe and the Performing Arts team for an outstanding production!


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Looking back on our visit to with our Year 10 students last week - a fantastic time had by all!


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Tickets selling fast for this years Winter Concert. Hope to see you there!


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Great to be at today for the Post 16 event. Very much hope to see you at our forthcoming events.


Great speeches for our Student Parliament elections across the whole Academy last week! Well done to all!

Harris Academies
All Academies in our Federation aim to transform the lives of the students they serve by bringing about rapid improvement in examination results, personal development and aspiration.


"Cogeto ergo sum.” (I think therefore I am)

Rene Descartes


Philosophy and Ethics (RS) plays an integral role in the spiritual, social and moral development of the entire school community regardless of religious or non-religious background.

Through an enquiry based curriculum students are afforded the opportunity to explore and develop their own and others’ beliefs whilst also honing their critical analysis and oracy skills required for educational success across the curriculum. Specific focus is placed on delivering topics of study that are relevant to student’s lives, whilst also addressing key current ethical debates or philosophical questions that have captured the minds of our greatest thinkers throughout time.

Ultimately, it’s not about God and it’s not about religion. It’s about being human.



Ms Z Suleman       -           Subject Leader for Religious Studies

Mr K Gray              -           Teacher of Religious Studies

Mr A Paltzer          -            Teacher of Humanities

Ms H Cobbson      -            Teacher of Humanities

Mr A Kleanthous   -            Teacher of Religious Studies

Key Stage 3

The aim of Key Stage 3 is to build a solid foundational understanding of the different traditions and key texts within the world religions. There will be a more in depth study of the Abrahamic faiths as these feature at GCSE but the Indian

In Year 7, Students....

In Year 7, students will begin to explore the concept of introduction to RS and move chronologically through the Abrahamic traditions as well as the Indian religions, looking at key events and themes. Students will begin to consider big questions within the traditions and how they affect people’s lives and environment. Students will start to decipher religious texts using theological exegesis and look at how these texts impact on the lives of religious people. Some of the topics that the students will focus on are: is there a purpose to life, why should we care for the world, looking at the Gurdwara and many more.

In Year 8, Students...

In Year 8, students will continue to focus on the Abrahamic traditions looking specifically at Christianity and Islam so that they are embedded with the crucial knowledge that will be tested in the upcoming years for GSCE. Students will consider the impact of religious text has on followers and whether or not it is still relevant today. Students will follow on from this with a study of Spirituality and whether an individual has to practice a faith in order to understand how to behave and act in society. Finally, students will look at Hinduism in the modern world, completing a comparative study of how women are treated in Hinduism across the world.

Whilst Religious Studies at Harris Academy Tottenham draws on a range of methodologies and pedagogies, it is influenced in particular by the critical realist model in which students encounter religious and non-religious worldviews as truth claims.

Key Stage 4

In Year 9, Students....

In Year 9, students will start the term by focusing on Moral issues known as; Human Rights and Human Wrongs which will then lead onto their GCSE specification by the AQA board.

About the course
The course involves a thematic study of some central questions and issues in human life and experience and explores the relevance of religious beliefs, practices, values and traditions to these questions and issues. The aim of the course is that it should encourage students to be inspired, moved and changed by following a broad, satisfying and worthwhile course of study that challenges students and equips them to lead constructive lives in the modern world.

It enables students to:

  • adopt an enquiring, critical and reflective approach to the study of religion
  • explore religions and beliefs, reflect on fundamental questions, engage with them intellectually and respond personally
  • enhance their spiritual and moral development, and contribute to their health and wellbeing
  • enhance their personal, social and cultural development, their understanding of different cultures locally, nationally and in the wider world, and to contribute to social and community cohesion
  • develop their interest in and enthusiasm for the study of religion, and relate it to the wider world
  • reflect on and develop their own values, opinions and attitudes in light of their learning.

It provides students with the opportunity to:

  • develop their knowledge, skills and understanding of religion by exploring the significance and impact of beliefs, teachings, sources, practices, ways of life and forms of expressing meaning
  • express their personal responses and informed insights on fundamental questions and issues about identity, belonging, meaning, purpose, truth, values and commitments.

Key Stage 5

About the course
The course covers a study of Philosophy and Ethics. In the Philosophy comprises of philosophical arguments about the existence of God and selected problems in the philosophy of religion. In Ethics section comprises a study of ethical concepts and dilemmas.

How it is assessed
AS Unit 1: Religious Studies — Foundations 50% of the total AS marks 25% of the total GCE marks *Unit code 6RS01

This unit is assessed by an external examination of 1 hour and 45 minutes. Students must answer three essay questions

Area A: Philosophy of Religion

1 A study of philosophical arguments about the existence of God:

  • Design — key ideas, strengths and weaknesses
  • Cosmological — key ideas, strengths and weaknesses.

2 A study of selected problems in the philosophy of religion:

  • Problems of evil and suffering, different types of problems and solutions
  • A study of philosophical debates about miracles: concepts of miracle; reasons to believe in miracles; philosophical problems with reference to Hume.

Area B: Ethics A study of ethical concepts

  • The relationship between religion and morality
  • Utilitarianism
  • Situation ethics

2 A study of ethical dilemmas

  • Issues of war and peace
  • Sexual ethics.

AS Unit 2: Religious Studies — Investigations 50% of the total AS marks 25% of the total GCE marks *Unit code 6RS02

Area C: The Study of Ethics
This unit is assessed by an external examination of 1 hour and 15 minutes. This unit has an enquiry–based approach to teaching and learning on The Study of Ethics. This unit provides for a balance of teacher-directed and more independent student enquiry. It offers a choice between these methods of teaching and learning by giving students the opportunity to undertake individual research into a topic in which they are particularly interested. This will enable students to study independently and to use, and evaluate, a wide range of source material.

A2 Unit 3 Religious Studies — Developments 50% of the total A2 marks 25% of the total GCE marks *Unit code 6RS03
This unit is assessed by an external examination of 1 hour and 45 minutes. Students must answer three essay questions.

1 A study of philosophical arguments about the existence of God:

  • Religious experience — key concepts, strengths and weaknesses
  • Ontological — key concepts, strengths and weaknesses
  • Non-existence of God and critiques of religious belief.

2 A study of selected problems in the philosophy of religion:

  • Beliefs about life after death: reincarnation; rebirth; resurrection; immortality of the soul
  • A study of religious language: analogy; language games myth and symbol; verification and falsification debates.

Area B: Ethics 1 A study of ethical concepts:

  • Critiques of the relationship between religion and morality
  • Deontology, natural moral law, virtue ethics — key concepts,
  • strengths and weaknesses.

2 A study of selected problems in ethics:

  • Meaning and definition of ethical terms with reference to ‘is/
  • ought’ and debates about ‘good’, emotivism
  • Objectivity, relativism, subjectivism
  • Justice, law and punishment.

Unit 4 Religious Studies — Implications 50% of the total A2 marks 25% of the total GCE marks *Unit code 6RS04

This unit is assessed by an external examination of 1 hour and 15 minutes.  Students will answer one question based on an extract from the GCE Religious Studies Anthology published by Edexcel on one of the areas below in Philosophy of Religion:

  • Religious language
  • Religious experience
  • Emergence of modern philosophy of religion

Extra Curricular

As part of the schools enrichment programme, students can take part in debates which are linked to curriculum areas.

Useful Resources

Independent Learning Resources


Homework booklets have been issued to every student which details all of their homework for the half term.

Homework is also updated weekly on Show My Homework so that parents can access this information.