Personal and social education
Through a balanced personal, social and moral education programme all pupils are given the opportunity to explore and communicate their values and beliefs to a broad range of topics whilst also respecting the views of others. Topics include self awareness, prejudice, relationships, sex education, with drugs education being part of considering what constitutes a healthy lifestyle.
Various and varied activities such as games, voting, debate, films and discussion enable pupils to practise and develop skills in a much smaller group (maximum 13) in order to prepare them for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of everyday and adult life.
Form Tutors are responsible for delivering specific age related topics to their own form but the main delivery of the course is by a specialist team as part of either designated timetabled periods for the Fourths (Year 10) and Fifths (Year 11) or as part of the Friday afternoon rota for the younger years. For example, boys in the Shells (Year 7) have a series of PSE lessons during their first few weeks at the school, dealing with important topics such as bullying, safety on the journey to school, how to manage homework and even how to find their way around school.