Zoë Simms

Zoë Simms

Department of Theology and Religion
Doctoral Researcher

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PhD title: An examination of whether exposure to Quaker values at school affects adult character
Supervisor: Professor Emeritus Anne Watson
PhD Theology and Religion


  • BA(hons) Theology (King’s College London)
  • MA History of Christianity (King’s College London)
  • PGCE Religious Education (Institute of Education London)
  • MSc Learning and Teaching (Oxford University)


I have been teaching Secondary Religious Education since 1999 and currently teach at Sibford School in Oxfordshire as Head of Religion, Philosophy and Ethics.  I am an examiner for OCR in A Level Christian Theology and GCSE Christianity and Islam.


The aim of the research is to ascertain whether receiving an education in a Quaker school has any impact on character and values into adulthood. The research proposes that the Quaker testimonies disseminated within a Quaker education framework may influence alumni in their choices and decisions when they leave school and move into higher education, work and adult life.  This research would, therefore, provide insight and data into the longevity of the effects of exposure to Quaker values.

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