Exceptional Education at the Heart of the Community

Exceptional Education at the Heart of the Community


What We Teach and Right to Withdraw

Our PSHE and RE curriculums cover a wide range of topics that are important about educating our young people about the world around them and how society works.  We teach a variety of topics in addition to our subjects and these are both important in creating well rounded young people but equally are a legal requirement set out by government (more info here). RHSE is incorporated in to our PHSE scheme of learning. RE is taught discreetly within specific curriculum time at both KS3 and KS4.

The topics we cover in PHSE are below and a more detailed breakdown can be accessed here.

  • Physical Health & Mental Well-Being
  • Relationships and Sex Education
  • Prevent & British Values
  • Employability/CEIAG
  • Citizenship

We spend an hour per week focusing upon the above themes and these are delivered by our teaching staff in an age-appropriate way.  The resources we use are either created internally by our PSHE coordinator in line with the Oasis Curriculum and/or delivered using DfE approved organisations such as The PSHE Association. In addition, we have three drop down days per year (two for Year 11) and assemblies where themes from these plans are explored further.

We believe that educating our students on the aspects above are important in ensuring they become global citizens.

A Department for Education guide for parents can be found here.

Right to Withdraw from Religious Education and Sex and Relationships Education.

As a parent you have the right to withdraw from certain aspects of our PSHE/SMSC/Citizenship curriculum and also the Religious Education curriculum.

Parents are free to withdraw their children from Sex and Relationships aspects of the curriculum if they wish to do so. The only exceptions to this are the biological aspects of animal growth and reproduction that are essential elements of National Curriculum Science.

The Deputy Principal responsible for PHSE will always seek to discuss this decision with parents, with a view to sharing the educational objectives and content of the Sex and Relationships syllabus. In this way, parents can make an informed decision.

Where parents have requested that their child is withdrawn, their right must be respected, and where Sex and Relationships Education is integrated in the curriculum, the school will need to discuss the arrangements with the parents to explore how the child’s withdrawal can be best accommodated. If pupils are withdrawn from these aspects of PSHE, the school has a duty to supervise them, though not to provide additional teaching or to incur extra cost.

To withdraw your child from these aspects of the curriculum this must be provided in writing in written format and delivered to the academy. Please use this document here to help with your request.

If you have any further questions or queries please contact the school via email: