Personal Development


Personal Development (PD) is taught to each year group. The PD curriculum comprises Citizenship, Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education (PSHE) and Careers Education. The schemes of work for Citizenship, which is a statutory subject area, are drawn from the KS3 and KS4 National Curriculum. The schemes of work for PSHE and Careers closely follow current guidelines

At KS3, the students are taught PD in their English teaching groups whereas in KS4, they are taught in the GCSE RS or GCSE Citizenship Studies teaching groups. At KS3, the students have two 60 minute lessons per fortnight. Year 10 and Year 11 students will have one 60 minute lesson per fortnight.

The teaching programme is supported by sessions led by visitors from outside agencies. Not only does this help to develop an engaging, current and relevant curriculum, but it also strengthens the links between the school and the local community. During the academic year 2017 – 2018, visitor sessions include Positive Voices from The Terrence Higgins Trust, Safe in Sussex, the School Nurse, ACORN, and PC Andy Price, the school’s police liaison officer.

The planning for PD creates opportunities for students to think critically about a wide range of issues; they will be encouraged to develop their skills of research and discussion and they will be encouraged to evaluate differing viewpoints, present reasoned arguments. They will consider risk and its consequences and they will be encouraged to devise sensible, safe and informed coping strategies.

A central part of Citizenship is active citizenship, where the students are encouraged to take part within society. This is encouraged and developed through a carefully planned assembly programme, a range of activities during colour family and form time as well as many opportunities for students to become involved in school and local and wider community activities.

All pupils will be taught Relationships and Sex Education as part of the PD programme. The students are given opportunities to develop an appreciation and understanding of the value of positive relationships founded upon deep love and respect. They will also be given opportunities to develop an awareness of the harm caused by imbalance within relationships and where they can access help should they find themselves in a harmful relationship. Parents have the right to withdraw their daughter from these lessons if they so wish. Factual information about human reproduction is taught in Science lessons at KS3 and KS4; it is a statutory requirement for all students to follow the Science National Curriculum.

PD lessons supports Careers education and a week-long Work Experience placement during Year 10. Careers education is supported by Mrs Jo Wood, who is the Careers and Progression Manager at the school; she leads several Careers education lessons across each key stage.


At KS3, the Citizenship programmes of study will be drawn from the following National Curriculum requirements:

· The development of the political system of democratic government in the United Kingdom, including the roles of citizens, Parliament and the monarch

· The operation of Parliament, including voting and elections, and the role of political parties

· The precious liberties enjoyed by the citizens of the United Kingdom

· The nature of rules and laws and the justice system, including the role of the police and the operation of courts and tribunals

· The roles played by public institutions and voluntary groups in society, and the ways in which citizens work together to improve their communities, including opportunities to participate in school-based activities

· The functions and uses of money, the importance and practice of budgeting, and managing risk.

At KS4, the Citizenship programmes of study will be drawn from the following National Curriculum requirements:

· Parliamentary democracy and the key elements of the constitution of the United Kingdom, including the power of government, the role of citizens and Parliament in holding those in power to account, and the different roles of the executive, legislature and judiciary and a free press

· The different electoral systems used in and beyond the United Kingdom and actions citizens can take in democratic and electoral processes to influence decisions locally, nationally and beyond

· Other systems and forms of government, both democratic and non-democratic, beyond the United Kingdom

· Local, regional and international governance and the United Kingdom’s relations with the rest of Europe, the Commonwealth, the United Nations and the wider world

· Human rights and international law

· The legal system in the UK, different sources of law and how the law helps society deal with complex problems

· Diverse national, regional, religious and ethnic identities in the United Kingdom and the need for mutual respect and understanding

· Different ways in which a citizen can contribute to the improvement of his or her community, to include the opportunity to participate actively in community volunteering, as well as other forms of responsible activity

· Income and expenditure, credit and debt, insurance, savings and pensions, financial products and services, and how public money is raised and spent.


At KS3 and KS4, the PSHE curriculum lesson planning provides opportunities for students to learn about the following:

· Emotional wellbeing – family, friendships, cyber safety

· Mental health – body image, coping with exam pressures, awareness of mental health issues

· Sex and relationships education – changes during puberty, safe and appropriate relationships, sexual activity and sexual safety

· Physical wellbeing – diet, exercise, healthy lifestyles, first aid

· Risk - alcohol, smoking, drugs education

First Aid is delivered through a flexiday during Year 8 entitled ‘Let’s be Young Lifesavers’



In Years 7 and 8, the students consider their individual skills and qualities which they then relate to specific careers or types of work.


During Year 10, careers education focuses upon the workplace. During March, each Year 10 student will have a four day work experience placement within the locality. This is supported by a sequence of research and preparation during PD lessons. After the work experience placement, each student is able to participate in a debrief discussion with a member of staff, during which she evaluates her achievements.

Year 11 Careers education concentrates upon Post 16 options. Students are given the opportunity to research the types of course and qualification available to them as well as completing mock application forms and interview practice. This is supported by a series of information sessions led by visitors from local 6th form providers as well as a Post 16 information evening.