What is PSHE?

PSHE is an umbrella term for a whole range of different education topics that are grouped under the headings Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education.

Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) forms part of the PSHE provision at school.  From September 2020, Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) has been made compulsory for all pupils receiving secondary education.  Health Education has also been made compulsory.


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PSHE teaching

The school teaches its PSHE provision primarily through a combination of a 5 year tutor time programme and timetabled year group-specific drop down days.  Both the tutor time programme and the drop down day programme are built on the idea of spiral learning, building on the knowledge of students as they progress through their time at secondary school.


The PSHE provision at school is also enriched by a range of assemblies, events, careers education programmes, information stands from visiting organisations amongst others.  Topics covered in PSHE may be revisited within other subject curriculums and taught through a different lens (e.g the Science National Curriculum teaches about drugs).


Curriculum Overview

The PSHE curriculum is one which we are very proud of.  Topics taught within PSHE allow for reflection and are often very thought provoking.  Students explore PSHE through balanced, factually-accurate and appropriate lessons.  We cover the law and a range of views and beliefs on a given issue while being appropriate to the age and maturity of the pupils and respectful of their religious and cultural backgrounds.

Our PSHE programme is taught through 3 key themes: Health & Wellbeing, Relationships and Living in the Wider World.

  • You can download our PSHE Curriculum Booklet here

The key areas of study within each theme are listed below.


Health and Wellbeing 

  • Self concept
  • Mental health & emotional wellbeing
  • Healthy lifestyles & health-related decisions
  • Drugs, alcohol & tobacco
  • Managing risk & personal safety
  • Puberty, sexual health & fertility



  • Positive relationships
  • Relationship values
  • Forming & maintaining respectful relationships
  • Consent
  • Contraception & parenthood
  • Bullying abuse & discrimination
  • Social influences


Living in the Wider World 

  • Learning skills
  • Choices & pathways
  • Work & career
  • Employment rights & responsibilities
  • Financial choices
  • Media literacy & digital resilience



PSHE Policy

Please see the policy pages to view the full PSHE policy.

Our PSHE provision is designed to be accessible to every pupil.

As per the statutory guidance, parents have the right to request that their child be withdrawn from Sex Education delivered as part of the PSHE programme.

There is however no right to withdraw from Relationships Education or Health Education, nor is there a right to withdraw from topics taught within the Science National Curriculum.


How to support my child

We recognise the importance of supporting your child with their PSHE education.