Philosophy and Theology

Philosophy and Theology

Philosophy and Theology brings together some of the most important approaches to understanding human experience.

“Philosophy” means “the love of wisdom.” Wisdom is the knowledge of ultimate causes, explanations and principles. It includes knowledge of values, not just facts. It gives you a “big picture,” a “world-view” and a “life-view.” It explores such questions as these: What is the essence of a human being? What is the meaning and purpose of human life? What is a good life? What is a good society? Are there higher laws than human laws? Are we here by chance or design? Are we fated or free? How do we know what is good or evil? How do we know anything? Is anything certain? Can reason prove (or disprove) the existence of God? Why do we suffer? Why do we die? Is there life after death?

Philosophy and Theology at Caterham School is an exciting and intellectually stimulating subject that covers diverse theological, philosophical, ethical, psychological, spiritual, historical and social questions.

Philosophy and Theology is an academic discipline that engages pupils in a challenging and complex course, studying moral and spiritual development and fostering an understanding and respect for Christianity and other world religions.

The ultimate aim is that students learn to question and think for themselves.


In the First Year (Year 7) students explore the major world religions that are prominent in the UK.

In the Second Year (Year 8) our study focuses on Old Testament stories and the life of Jesus.

In the Third Year (Year 9) students are introduced ultimate philosophical questions including the debate between science and religion and the problem of evil.

In the Fourth and Fifth Years (Years 10 and 11) the AQA GCSE course is an interesting and challenging exploration of philosophy and contemporary ethical issues, from a Judeo-Christian perspective.

In the Sixth Form (Years 12 and 13) the OCR Advanced Level GCE provides an exciting opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of world religions, and explore philosophy of religion and religion and ethics.



Mrs Samantha Webster, BA (Oxon), Head of Philosophy and Theology

Jan Whyatt, B.A. (Manchester), PGCE (Roehampton Institute), M.A. (Heythrope College, University of London), Teacher of Philosophy and Theology

Mr. Jan Whyatt joined Caterham School in 2003 with 11 years of experience teaching at Trinity School, Croydon and one year at Hampton School.

Miss Rebecca Smith B.A. (Hons) University of Southampton, e-Qualitas QTS, Teacher of Philosophy and Theology, Head of Ridgefield, Assistant Head of Third Year
Miss Rebecca Smith is an Old Caterhamian who has returned to teach at Caterham School in 2014, after completing her study of Philosophy and English at Southampton.




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