Additional Curriculum

A part of the week is devoted to areas such as Physical Education, pupils’ social and emotional needs as well as religious observance and education.

Physical Education

All students are expected to participate in physical education activities. If a pupil is injured or has an ailment affecting participation, he/she should bring a note to explain this. There are a range of activities undertaken in a PE lesson and it is often possible for a suitable alternative activity to be undertaken  without aggravating the ailment.

Religious and Moral Education

All pupils from first year to fourth year experience Religious & Moral Education.  This is concerned  both with the study of religious beliefs and practices and also with the pupil’s own search for meaning, value and purpose in life.

Religious Instruction

Schools have a statutory duty to provide Religious Instruction in the timetable. This aims to promote a knowledge of the Christian and other faiths, and encourage children and young people to develop enquiring minds through investigating spiritual, moral and philosophical issues. Religious Instruction may include visits to local places of worship, and/or visits from representatives of places of worship. This helps children and young people to develop knowledge and understanding of faiths, especially those with which they are less familiar.  Ultimately, pupils in the upper secondary school can gain a qualification through the study of Religious, Moral and Philosophical Studies at Higher and Advanced Higher Levels. These courses further develop young people’s skills in logical thinking, methodical enquiry and ways of expressing ideas effectively.

Religious Observance/Time for Reflection

Religious Observance, which may take the form of a Time for Reflection, is held at least six times a year, in addition to traditional celebrations central to the life of the school community. Religious Observance will often (but not necessarily) take the form of an assembly.

Withdrawal from Religious Instruction and Religious Observance/Time for Reflection

Parents who wish to exercise their right to withdraw their child from religious instruction and/or observance are encouraged to discuss initially their intention with the Headteacher to enable them to make a fully informed decision. Parents who wish to proceed thereafter to withdraw their child(ren) should notify the Headteacher in writing. This is so that alternative educational activities can be planned for their child(ren) during times of Religious Instruction and/or Observance.

Development of Pupils’ mental, social and emotional wellbeing

The school is committed to supporting the development of its pupils as whole people and as a result, wishes to encourage their holistic wellbeing. Mental, social and emotional wellbeing is supported in the following ways;

  • Creating a school ethos which, in every way possible, gives value to these aspects of development, especially by providing an overall atmosphere that is both caring and challenging and which provides opportunities for exercising rights and responsibility.
  • Ensuring that staff and adults in the school acts as positive models for pupils.
  • Providing opportunities for members of the school community to come together as a whole to reinforce common values.
  • Providing rich opportunities across all areas of the curriculum to develop mental, social and emotional wellbeing.
  • Taking every opportunity within the curriculum and across the under work of the school to celebrate diversity and promote equality. 

We do this through regular House or year group assemblies as well as through our well planned PSE curriculum.