Our PSHE program is personalised to meet the specific needs of our students and the community we serve.

PSHE is delivered through a variety of methods including assemblies, a cross curricular approach and 'Drop Down Days'. There is a strong overlap between PSHE and our SMSC provision.

Through our PSHE program we aim to cover a variety of topics that help students to be safe and healthy in their everyday lives, whether it be in relationships, online, at school or at home. The PSHE program aims to prepare students fully for life as young adults both during their time in the academy and when they leave school, with an emphasis on where, how and when  to access help, advice and support.

Through PSHE, students develop their moral understanding and build a sense of empathy and maturity.  Students have the opportunity to discuss various topics and learn to portray opinions in a sensitive manner.

Students also participate in our successful SID campaign (Safety, Identity and Difference) where they learn about these three key concepts and work in groups to produce presentations and videos to demonstrate their learning.

Topics covered:

  • Developing and maintaining healthy relationships
  • Family and friendships
  • Loss and divorce
  • Bullying
  • Sex education
  • Discrimination and aggressive behaviours
  • Recognising and managing emotions in relationships
  • Risky and negative relationships
  • Online safety and sexting
  • Physical health and healthy eating
  • Drugs, alcohol and tobacco
  • Media and body image
  • Stress, anxiety and depression
  • Peer and society pressure for sex
  • Sexual consent
  • Contraception
  • Teenage pregnancy, abortion and parenthood
  • LGBT issues including: homosexuality, homophobic bullying and gender equality.

Drop Down Days

The drop down days for PSHE will cover a number of different themes, some of which overlap with other subject such as Citizenship. Within each theme, students across key stage 3 and key stage 4 will study a range of topics:

Rights and Responsibilities

  • Human rights
  • Social action
  • Holding a mock trial
  • Community contribution and volunteering


  • Healthy relationships
  • Self-esteem and confidence
  • Peer pressure
  • LGBT issues
  • Drug awareness
  • Sexting
  • Child sexual exploitation
  • Consent and control
  • The modern world of sex

Law and Finance

  • Household budgeting
  • The economy
  • Prison Me No Way
  • Civil Law and criminal law
  • Gang culture
  • The criminal justice system


  • Safety
  • Identity
  • Difference

Students will participate in our long standing SID campaign where they work in groups to produce presentations exploring the concepts above.