First holiday, first accident, first presentation, first exam, first failure, first success, first time living alone, first job, first fight, first relationship. During their time with us students will experience many “firsts”. If not us, who will prepare our young people to make “safe and informed decisions?”
In Year 7 – Year 10, Personal, Social, Health and Citizenship Education aims to fulfil the College vision by equipping our young people with skills necessary to succeed in life.
Through assemblies, interactive lessons, a range of guest speakers and various trips, students receive education on a range of vital topics such as: drug education, financial education, building positive relationships, the importance of physical activity and diet for a healthy lifestyle. This programme of lessons is designed to equip pupils with a sound understanding of risk and with the knowledge and skills necessary to make safe and informed decisions.
Using a thematic approach with suggested resources and ‘big questions’ we seek to develop a curriculum that is constructive for students in the climate of global citizenship and academic excellence that pervades the College ethos and vision.
In Year 11 and the 6th Form, the emphasis is on time management skills and revision. Coaching and mentoring takes place and the guest speakers educated students on sessions requested by the students themselves. Therefore, sessions on ‘dealing with anxiety’ by an educational psychologist, the UCAS process, financial aspects of University education and writing a personal statement essay have already been run this academic year – with more to follow!