Our weekly PSCHE period affords a regular space within the curriculum for every pupil to develop the essential personal, social and critical-thinking skills they need to successfully and safely navigate their worlds.
Our curriculum is spiral, which means we are able to build upon the pupil knowledge base of particular topics, year on year. We are committed to ensuring that our pupils have access to comprehensive information and know where to find support, within the school and outside it, to empower them in their daily lives.
Our curriculum is also specifically tailored to the current and changing needs of each year group. Lessons are dynamic and interactive, discussion-based and delivered by form tutors, Housemasters and/or outside speakers/expert agencies.
Common to the programme of study for every year group is our focus on personal health, both physical (including sexual), mental and financial, citizenship and our role within our communities and families, as well as our responsibilities to society (in its global scope) as a whole. There is an emphasis throughout on critical matters of safety, both physical and mental, including much coverage of the critical issue of the safety of children’s digital lives. At different stages of a child’s passage through school, sessions will be tailored to match the stage. This includes looking at life beyond school in careers sessions, and preparing for life at university for our Sixth Formers.
The PSCHE programme is devised by our Head of PSCHE and our Deputy who are flexible, responsive, and able to direct lessons at short notice if an urgent topic arises in the news or within school life. The Head of PSCHE liaises with staff, like the Heads of Section, the Housemasters and the Senior Deputy Head, in putting together the programme and also sits on the Pastoral Care Committee.
Here is a taster of the kind of things we focus on. At the heart of ALL we do is promotion of inclusivity, tolerance and respect.