PSHE and Citizenship are delivered throughout the four year groups in this school. We place a high value on the contribution they can make towards a student’s development.

Each child has a PSHE/Citizenship lesson once per week. In addition, several other subjects contribute to our provision through the curriculum. For example, global citizenship is addressed in Geography and History, various aspects of the Science curriculum address healthy lifestyles and English teachers explore diversity through various texts. PSHE strands are also addressed in tutorial periods and assemblies.

PSHE examines issues such as friendships, bullying, respecting others, healthy lifestyles, staying safe, e-safety, economic and financial education, substance abuse and sex education.

Citizenship provides an introduction to how our local and national government works, community issues, environmental matters, how the law operates, etc.

In Key Stage 2, PSHE and Citizenship are delivered as a series of text-based units and is designed to enhance the school’s delivery of English.

During the year guest speakers are invited in and various events are held to highlight particular components of the programmes of study.

Core Skills is delivered in Years 5, 6 and 8. In Years 5 and 6 the focus is very much on building Numeracy Skills in a real life context and is designed to enhance the school’s delivery of Maths. Financial education in KS2 is taught in Core Skills.

In Year 8 Core Skills aims to develop students’ skills as independent, evaluative learners in preparation for High School. Literacy and Numeracy feature strongly and cross-curricular links are considered.

School Council

The School Council, which comprises one elected representative from each form, meets regularly to discuss items which have been raised by members of the school community. Decisions reached here have led to improvements being made to student welfare and to the school environment.

Peer Counselling

Peer Counselling has been developed as an additional way of providing help and support to the school community. Specially trained Year 8 pupils in distinctive red sweatshirts provide a “listening ear” for anyone experiencing problems, e.g. friendship difficulties, bullying, etc. They are of particular assistance to Year 5 as they settle into Oldfields Hall.

Leadership and Teamwork Skills

Pupils are also given a wide range of other opportunities to develop their leadership and teamwork skills. These include:

  • Junior Librarians (all years)
  • Eco Club (all years)
  • Digital Leaders (Year 7 & 8)
  • Sports Leaders (Year 8)
  • House Captains (Year 8)
  • Music Mentors (Year 8)
  • Academic Mentors (Year 8)

Pupils apply for these roles formally and in many cases are also interviewed, just as they will be in the future when they are in the world of work. Pupils value these opportunities and take them very seriously