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Kenton College has a Christian ethos and this is reflected in our day to day operation of the school. However, we are a multi-racial, multi-cultural and multi-faith school and our Theology, Philosophy and Religion (TPR) curriculum reflects this diversity and pluralism.
Our TPR curriculum plays an important role in the development of tolerance within our pupils and an understanding of different behaviours and beliefs. We try to instill in our pupils the ability to empathise with the culture, customs, behaviour and feelings of other people, and not to view something foreign to them as a threat. We foster this understanding by studying all six major world religions: Christianity, Judaism, Hinduism, Islam, Sikhism and Buddhism.
In the Senior School, the TPR curriculum focuses on the three specific areas of Theology (God’s relationship with the world), Philosophy (exploring the beliefs of philosophers including Socrates, Descartes and Hume) and Religion. We also examine ethical topics such as the global distribution of wealth and poverty, Fair Trade, the treatment of animals, prejudice and multiculturalism. Pupils have the opportunity to consider and debate these topics whilst developing their ability to listen to others, respect other viewpoints and confidently contribute their own opinions to group discussions.
In Year 8, pupils have the opportunity to undertake an in-depth research-based project on a specific aspect of the TPR curriculum of particular interest to them, leading to the Independent Schools Examination Board Project Qualification. There is further information about this on the Project Qualification page (insert link).
Pupils are guided to understand and express themselves when describing their own faith and beliefs, to develop the ability to think for themselves and to appreciate their own personal gifts and needs.
We aim to develop in our pupils a spiritual awareness and a readiness to discuss the moral issues which affect them, as well as adopting moral codes of behaviour themselves and a sense of the wonder of life.