Personal Social Development
The ‘Personal Social Development’ programme is delivered to all students in Years 7-11. Students participate in six ‘PSD Days’ each year. The programme covers all aspects of personal development including study skills, sex and personal relationships, moral and social awareness, citizenship, careers guidance, health education and social issues, including all forms of bullying and discrimination. Our PSD and wider curriculum ensures diversity is embraced and valued, notably through the work we do on and the support we provide to the LGBT community.
A key aspect of this programme is focused on empowering our students to keep themselves safe at all times, particularly out of school both off and on-line. On-line safety is central to the work we do in this area, specifically in relation to the risks of child sexual exploitation, abusive relationships, people trafficking, County Lines activity, gang culture and extremist radicalisation.
In accordance with updated guidance on ‘Relationships Education’ and ‘Relationships and Sex Education’, we also focus on more sensitive issues that may play a significant role in the lives of our students, notably in relation to Forced Marriage, Honour-based violence, Sexual harassment, domestic violence, Female Genital Mutilation and different forms of peer-on-peer abuse.
Our ‘Theme of the Week’ schedule allows us to cover many of the issues outlined above in assemblies and form period activities. We actively engage with a range of external agencies and our students have the opportunity to participate in workshops delivered by medical professionals, the police, the Counter Terrorism Team, to name a few.
Central to our wider curriculum provision is the promotion of British Values designed to ensure our students value the importance of the law and the principles of democracy, as well as playing their role as tolerant citizens in an increasingly diverse society.
The school offers a challenging programme of visits, residential experiences, and foreign exchanges. The willingness of staff to contribute to extra-curricular activities is widely evident and greatly appreciated. We have a multi-purpose prayer room that is open to students from all religious backgrounds throughout the day. As a result, our students celebrate different religious festivals and embrace the diverse nature of our school community.