Religious Studies is the world’s oldest academic subject. It promotes awareness of other people, encourages empathy, and develops the ability to think rationally. These skills are prized both by universities and by employers. They provide students with a firm foundation from which to continue their exploration of life.

The RS Department at Oxford High

  • Robert Packard, BA Hons (Lancaster), MA (Leicester)
  • Rachael Pallas-Brown, BA Hons, MSt, MLitt (Oxon)
  • Frances Townend, MA Hons (Oxon)
  • Ginnie Redston, BA (Hons) London, MA (Birmingham)

Mr Packard was appointed Head of Department in September 1998 and is also Head of Philosophy. He was previously Head of Department at the Robert Smyth School. He has sat on the ‘National Subject Panel for A Level RS’. He has reviewed publications for RE Today. He has been an A level examiner and in-service trainer. His Farmington Paper (on the future of Religious Studies) has been compulsory reading on PGCE courses and his work has influenced studies in Finland, Northern Ireland, Romania and South Africa.

Miss Pallas-Brown was appointed in September 2006 and is the Director of Sixth Form at Oxford High School.

Mrs Townend was appointed in September 2007. She read Theology at Oxford and took her PGCE at Cambridge. She taught at St Mary’s School in Calne and has also worked in publishing at the Education Department of the Oxford University Press.

Mrs Redston has enjoyed a varied teaching career, both in England and abroad.  She lived in Denmark for three years and also lived in France for a year before returning to university in the UK.  She has been teaching at OHS since 2008, having previously taught at Haberdashers’ Aske’s Girls’ School and at Abingdon and Witney College, and was delighted to join the Religious Studies team in 2012.

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