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Mission statement

“I have come that you may have life and have it in abundance” John 10:10

PSHEE (Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education) develops the qualities and attributes that pupils need to thrive as individuals, family members and members of society. We will equip pupils to live healthy, safe, productive, capable, responsible and balanced lives.

Curriculum map

Curriculum intent

Our curriculum covers three core themes:

  • Physical and Mental Health
  • Relationships and Sex Education
  • Living in the Wider World (including British Values and Careers)

The full range of topics covered is available here: Pupil Personal Development pathway

PSHEE is studied during one-hour sessions which run once a week and include all members of the teaching staff.

Each session provides students with opportunities to turn knowledge into personal understanding, explore (and if necessary challenge) their own and others’ values, attitudes, beliefs, rights and responsibilities, as well as strategies to live balanced lives, and develop positive personal attributes.

Our PSHEE curriculum includes RSE (Relationships and Sex Education) which aims to:

  • be faithful to the Church's vision of human wholeness whilst recognising the contemporary context in which we live today
  • provide a positive view of human sexuality and dignity of the human person
  • equip young people with the ability to make practical judgements about the right thing to do in particular circumstances
  • explore and promote virtues which are essential to promoting respect and dignity
  • be delivered in an age-appropriate way which reflects the development of the child
  • be sensitive to the needs of the individual pupil and recognise the mix of pupils with different sexual orientations, genders and family backgrounds in each class
  • be delivered by competent professionals who understand the Church's teaching (RE teaching staff).

As well as our PSHEE curriculum, we provide a programme of activities for pupils to continue to explore and expand their interests, including a wide range of clubs, leadership opportunities, Cultural Capital Days, and events across all schools in the St Francis of Assisi Catholic Academy Trust.

Topics covered during Year 12 and 13 allow our students to discover and explore the opportunities that await them as they prepare to move onto Higher Education or the world of work. Some examples include:

Year 12: UCAS & Apprenticeships, Duke of Edinburgh Award, Sexism, Texting & Driving

Year 13: UCAS & Next Steps, Student Finance, Study Skills, Alcohol, Workplace Bullying