Religious Studies & Philosophy

“Allah Abho, Buddha Namo, Peace be with you, Namaskar, Hare Krishna, Jai Swami Narayan, As-Salaam-o-Alaikum, Jai Jinendra, Shalom – Alechum, Sat Sriakaal and Hamazor Hama Ashobed!”
Religious Studies challenges and inspire pupil’s beliefs and values.
Religious Studies is one of the most important aspects within a pupil’s intellectual development and in particular their moral development, not only as an academic being but as a human being within a complex and diverse society.
Religious Studies will develop a pupil’s core values; equality, caring, tolerance and respect, supported by a good school ethos that has been established and the support of the community. It also builds the pupil from the inside out, developing an inner spiritual trust so as they can feel confident in their opinions and standards. A spiritual interest in a pupil’s life will help them to identify an understanding of self and morals by which they can live by in harmony with society.
Muhammad Ali states the beauty and benefit of religion in his life; ‘Islam has taught me to living a clean life physically, mentally, and spiritually elevates a persons mind, enabling him to see the world in a new light…fame wealth, and material things are empty and meaningless without a developed spirituality’.

Religious Studies & Philosophy Department Staff
  • Mrs Cecila Townley
    A Philosophy graduate from Sheffield University, Mrs Townley has taught in Surrey since obtaining her RS PGCE in Liverpool. She completed her Masters in Religion and Philosophy from Heythrop College, University of London in 2006. Outside teaching, she likes learning new things; in 2009, she went ‘back to school’ to study Sugarcraft at Brooklands College, Weybridge and she makes cakes to order for friends and family. She loves sport and dance fitness and has started practising regular yoga. 
  • Mrs Izzy McLean
    Joined St Catherine’s in January 2010 and thoroughly enjoys teaching in a school with such bright and motivated pupils.  In her spare time she is a keen amateur actress and director and has recently started to learn the drums. 
  • Rev. Benji McNair Scott
    Joined St Catherine’s as a teaching chaplain in September 2012. Before getting ordained he was a curate at Christ Church, Guildford and Assistant Chaplain at King Edward’s School, Witley. He then became a teacher at All Hallows in Farnham teaching RS, Theology and Philosophy.  Has recently completed his doctorate in Theology having spent the last five years looking at the ‘charismatic apostolate’.  He loves reading and watching films; playing Fives and racquet sports and scooting with his children.
  • Miss Laura White
    After studying English Literature at Cambridge, and exploring careers options in her twenties, Miss White completed a Masters in Theology, and a PGCE in Religious Studies. A life-long learner, and self-professed geek, she enjoys singing in her church worship band and walking her naughty lurcher in the lovely Surrey Hills. Miss White heads up Digital Learning at St. Catherine's and is also Head of Department for Life Matters (PHSE). 
  • Mrs Claire Wyllie
    Joined St Catherine’s in 2002 as Head of Religious Studies, before becoming Head of Sixth Form in 2007 and Director of Staff in 2016. Subject specialisms and interests include Philosophy Religion, New Testament and Christology. Extra-curricular interests include music, theatre and travel.