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Truro High hosts South-West wide Religious Philosophy & Ethics Conference

An internationally renowned academic, philosopher and author chose Truro High School as his venue of choice to stage a South West religious studies conference.

Keynote speaker Dr Peter Vardy presented to more than 250 pupils and staff from across Cornwall and beyond to discuss topics right at the heart of modern life.

It was the third consecutive year that Dr Vardy and his wife Charlotte had chosen to stage the event at Truro High School.

“Religious philosophy is sometimes regarded as something of a ‘luxury’ subject post-16,” said Dr Vardy. “However, leading universities, including Oxford and Cambridge, view it as excellent preparation for flagship courses such as Politics, Philosophy and Economics (PPE) and Law as well as traditional arts and humanities’ subjects such as English, History or Geography.”

He also added that 20% of current PPE students at Oxford took A Level RP, whereas less than 1% took Business Studies.

Topics up for debate at the conference covered a wide range of interesting and contentious subjects such as medical ethics, war, the environment, poverty, equality and justice and marriage, sexual relationships and contraception.

The event was attended by schools and colleges across Cornwall and beyond including Plymstock, Saltash, Wadebridge, Budehaven, Camborne, Helston and the Roseland and, of course, more than 40 Truro High students eager to discuss topics right at the heart of modern life.

Truro High’s Head of RP, Peter Mothersole, said: “It was fantastic to have so many visiting schools on campus for the day. The day was capped off with a lively, interactive debate in which students took the floor to discuss the moral and legal implications of euthanasia.”

Truro High School currently offers Religious Philosophy & Ethics through to A Level with an additional adult education class for staff, students and parents who wish to learn about the core issues which shape the world we live in.

Published by: Darren Stevens

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