Sticky Header Container

Religious Studies

The Department aims to:

  • develop an understanding of Christianity and other religions and a recognition of religion as an important expression of human experience
  • help pupils (irrespective of their own personal religious conviction) to understand the place of religion in the development of our society’s history and culture
  • lead pupils to appreciate moral values such as honesty, liberty, compassion for others, and justice
  • investigate and understand the questions and answers that religions can offer about the nature and meaning of life
  • develop pupils’ own beliefs, attitudes, moral values, and behaviour through a process of search and critical evaluation


Nick Blair

Nick Blair

Head of Department

Mr Blair teaches Religious Studies throughout the School. As Leader of the Chaplaincy Team, he is one of the main points of contact for pastoral care within the community.


I to III Forms

In the Juniors, pupils develop their understanding of world religions through investigation of their respective stories, symbols, pilgrimages, ceremonies of worship, the home, scriptures, and key beliefs.

IV Form

The theme of the programme is ‘Faith in Action’, considering the practical implications of faith standpoints.

Shell & V Forms

All pupils continue to have one lesson per cycle exploring philosophical and ethical issues during interactive and dynamic classes.

Being Chaplain at Merchiston is very much like being a parish priest in a village. I am involved in nearly every aspect of community life, the highs and the lows, the celebrations and the difficult times too. To use a theological phrase it is “incarnational ministry” getting alongside staff and pupils, supporting and encouraging and hopefully too showing the value of the spiritual in an increasingly secular world.

Rev BlairTeacher of Religious Studies

Academic News

Play and Pause Buttons for Slideshow