Spiritual Development


At St Martha’s we believe continuing exploration of faith is important as students mature and prepare to face the demands of modern society as adults.

Religious Education is compulsory for all Sixth Formers. Lessons mainly take the form of discussion and debate with some pupil presentations.

Pupils make excellent progress in Religious Education… The pupils achieve a confidence and maturity in discussing religious and moral issues at 6th form level which indicates the progress they have achieved over their years at St Martha’s.

Diocese of Westminster Canonical Inspection 2011 – St Martha’s received Grade 1 ‘Outstanding’

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Lower Sixth

Pupils study for the new Edexcel ARCS (Award in Religion & Contemporary Society) which focuses on human rights, with the aim of helping them apply church teachings to key modern issues. On successfully completing the course, they receive the Certificate of Catholic Studies.

Upper Sixth

During this year pupils study Bioethics and receive the Diploma of Catholic Studies on completion, which comes with the bonus of 60 UCAS points.

AS Religious Studies

Alternatively pupils can take AS Religious Studies over two years, comprising discussion, debate and some written assignments to complete during lesson time.  

Faith In Daily Life

Pupils are encouraged to engage in the school’s religious life through assemblies, morning prayers and services and at special times in the school and church calendars. We promote opportunities for girls to contribute to the school and wider communities through fund-raising activities, helping younger pupils and organising inter-house events. 

Day Retreats

As a Catholic school we value pupils’ spiritual development as highly as their academic achievements and encourage all students to take time out in the form of a day retreat. 

Working in small groups, pupils take time to think about who they are, their personal faith and which direction they want to go in.  Led by a special group of young people familiar with conflicts faced in today’s society, the day aims to give each participant strength and courage to continue their spiritual development after they leave the supportive surroundings of the school.