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Personal Development

Students and teacher

Personal Development Overview

Personal Development is an essential component in any school’s broad and balanced curriculum. Discrete lessons alongside form time, assemblies, and the extra-curricular programme all contribute to personal development at the school. These are important in supporting students’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural education. The curriculum also develops students’ understanding of fundamental British values and provides opportunities for students to appreciate the importance of good behaviour, physical, mental and personal well-being and keeping themselves safe. In addition to this the school also offers three ‘Learning for Life’ days to provide an opportunity to deliver targeted and high quality personal development and enrichment activities to students, as well as, enable the school to access education and training from external agencies.


The aim of Personal Development is to help give students the knowledge, skills and understanding that is required to lead confident, active, healthy and independent lives, whilst making informed decisions and being a responsible citizen in the community. Personal development allows students to take part in a variety of engaging activities and experiences in addition to other curriculum subjects, which contributes fully to our school and community.  We offer a curriculum that is flexible and can evolve based on the current needs of our students and the changes in the world around us. The curriculum takes into account the local context of the school, experiences and backgrounds of our students and provides them with relevant and memorable learning experiences that promote our schools vision, mission and values. 


Students have regular opportunities to reflect on experiences and understand how they are developing personally and socially, tackling many of the spiritual, moral, social and cultural issues young people face. We intend that all students will develop their confidence, be aware of their strengths and weaknesses, become knowledgeable, responsible and compassionate citizens and respect all individual differences so that they can fulfil different types of relationships throughout their life.


Personal Development Lessons

Our comprehensive personal development curriculum is delivered to all students in Year 7 to 11. Students have one lesson every fortnight where debate, discussion and self-reflection are a key feature of the delivery. The overview of the topics covered in each year is always shared with parents and can be viewed here. The personal development scheme of work follows the national curriculum and is divided into three main categories: Living in the Wider World, Relationships and Health & Wellbeing.


Any questions or queries surrounding the taught personal development curriculum can be directed towards Mr James Rhodes ( and Mr Wayne Bower (

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