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Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE)

Personal, social and health education (PSHE) helps to prepare students to lead confident, healthy and responsible lives as individuals and members of society. Our coordinated and structured PSHE programme has been developed by our Form Tutors and Year Leaders to ensure that the needs of our students are being fully met as well as being underpinned by the general aims of the National Curriculum. Form Tutors deliver PSHE to their forms during a weekly one hour lesson.

We encourage the delivery of PSHE through work in lesson time and  along with a wide range of activities across and beyond the curriculum, students gain practical knowledge and skills to help them live healthily and deal with the spiritual, moral, social and cultural issues they face as they approach adulthood. PSHE gives students opportunities to reflect on their experiences and how they are developing. It helps them to understand and manage responsibly a wider range of relationships as they mature, and to show respect for the diversity of, and differences between, people. It also develops students’ well-being and self-esteem, encouraging belief in their ability to succeed and enabling them to take responsibility for their learning and future choice of courses and career.

The aim:

  • provide opportunities for all students to learn and achieve
  • promote students spiritual, moral, social and cultural development and to prepare students for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of adult life.
  • develop confidence, independence, responsibility and personal identity
  • make the most of their abilities
  • reflect on their own and other people’s experiences and use and apply their learning in their own lives
  • develop healthy, safe lifestyles
  • develop good relationships and to respect the differences between people
  • develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes that will help them to become effective and active members of the community


The school aims to deliver a co-ordinated and structured PSHE programme, which demonstrates continuity and progression. Although some lessons may require written work to be completed, the nature of the programme gives students the opportunity to not only learn and record facts, but also to participate in discussions and develop the skills of: listening and responding to different points of view and articulating ideas and opinions.

The PSHE programme for 2014/5 is:

Term 1 Term 2 Term 3 Term 4 Term 5 Term 6
Year 7 My new school Finance – budgeting Relationships and families Puberty and relationships Drugs – smoking Healthy lifestyles
Year 8 Differences and diversity Enterprise and fundraising Staying safe online Relationships and sex-ed Drugs – alcohol Healthy living – body image
Year 9 Global dimension and citizenship Finance – the consumers Careers – options Sex education Drugs – illegal Emotions and well being
Year 10 Drugs – legal highs Finance – borrowing Study skills – how we learn Relationships and sex-ed Health and mental well being Careers and work experience
Year 11 Study skills -revising Careers – CV’s and personal statements Community and citizenship Personal finance Relationships and sex-ed N/A