Welcome to the Personal, Social & Health Education Department

All students in the school follow a PSHE/Citizenship Programme of Study. This aims to equip the students with the necessary skills for managing their own lives and careers.

The style and format of these sessions are considered to be as important as the content. Every effort is made to encourage students to develop their personal skills, including communicating, making reasoned judgements and developing strategies for dealing with varying life situations, constructive criticisms and disseminating information. The development of tolerance, an appreciation of another’s point of view and self-respect are key elements of this programme.

Curriculum Content

Key Stage 3

Year 7

  • Getting to know you – Understanding their surroundings and, the getting used to the changes that are happening, how to handle the change
  • Finding and creating friendships in a new environment, friendship values, trust and bullying
  • Puberty – changing bodies and changing minds, keeping clean and hygienic
  • Keeping safe – road, home, school, alcohol, drug awareness and smoking
  • Nuisance in the community – consequences of actions, and punishments
  • Cycling safety – dangers of the road and correct equipment
  • Economic wellbeing – saving money, using bank accounts, understand where money comes from and appreciation of money

Year 8

  • Bullying – types of bullying and the effects of bullying.
  • Human rights and citizenship – Knowledge of the Rights of the child.
  • Feelings and families – knowledge of the different types of families, personal feelings, ability to control our feelings
  • Prevent agenda – Making children aware of radicalisation and the forms of terrorism.
  • Dealing with anger – what makes us angry, recognising when someone is angry
  • Healthy eating – know what makes up a balanced diet, what is good for us what is bad

Year 9

  • Growing up – turning into a teenager, the pros and the cons of being a teenager
  • Sex education – identifying sexually transmitted diseases and the dangers of sex
  • Drugs education – identifying drugs and the effects of drugs

Key Stage 4

Year 10

  • Relationship education – identifying emotional maturity, conversations and common ground
  • Electronic baby training – Understanding the difficulties of looking after a baby
  • Andover Crisis Centre – ACC visit to help students identify an unhealthy and abusive relationship. Students will be able to identify the 3 main areas of abuse and will know how and where to get support.

Year 11

  • Drugs and Alcohol education, looking at the effects of drugs and alcohol on the human body, understanding the impact of drugs and alcohol on persons involved, non-biological dangers

Throughout Key Stage 4, Citizenship is taught within all lessons, touching on aspects of: racism, moral courage, topical issues and human rights.

Sex Education

Aspects of Sex Education are taught in Science, PSHE, (Personal, Social and Health Education), RE and to a lesser extent some other curriculum areas. The principal aim of the school’s Sex Education programme is to ensure an understanding that positive, caring environments are essential for the development of a good self-image and that individuals are in charge of and responsible for their own bodies. The curriculum provides knowledge about the processes of reproduction and the nature of sexuality and positive relationships. It encourages the acquisition of skills and attitudes that allow pupils to manage their relationships in a responsible and healthy manner.

Parents have the right to withdraw their children from all or part of the Sex Education provided by the school, other than those elements that are required by the National Curriculum Science Order.