St Joseph's R.C. High School
& Sports College

St Joseph's RC High School

St Joseph's RC High School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children
and young people and, expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment

Our personal development curriculum, which encompasses PSHEE, RSE and Citizenship gives our students the knowledge, skills and attributes they need to keep themselves healthy, safe and prepare them for life and work in modern Britain. Alongside developing the personal skills and qualities that they need to manage their lives now and in the future.

The Personal Development Curriculum embraces the challenges of creating happy and successful young adults. Students will acquire the knowledge and skills to enable them to make informed decisions about their own and others wellbeing, health and relationships and to build their self-efficacy. Students will develop the capacity to make sound decisions when facing risks, challenges and complex contexts. This curriculum can support young people to develop resilience, to know how and when to ask for help, and to know where to access support.

Through the RE and Science curriculum and a series of Curriculum Enrichment days, the Personal Development Curriculum is structured to ensure all students are provided with high quality, evidence-based and age appropriate teaching of this subject which will prepare students for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of adult life. It also promotes the spiritual, moral, social and cultural, mental and physical development of students, at school and in society. Out Personal Development Curriculum will help students to interact properly with their teachers and fellow students, turning their classroom into a better learning environment.

For a full breakdown of our Personal Development Curriculum: see Personal Development Curriculum

Relationship and Sex Education (RSE)

Today’s children and young people are growing up in an increasingly complex world and living their lives seamlessly on and offline. This presents many positive and exciting opportunities, but also challenges and risks. In this environment, children and young people need to know how to be safe and healthy, and how to manage their academic, personal and social lives in a positive way. Therefore updated statutory guidance was issued for implementation by 2021

SMSC and Fundamental British Values

Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural (SMSC) development is the over-arching umbrella that encompasses personal development across the whole curriculum. Fundamental British Values are promoted in school to ensure young people leave school prepared for life in modern Britain. This ensures that children become valuable and fully rounded members of society who treat others with respect and tolerance, regardless of background.


Citizenship education involves developing the knowledge, skills and confidence to enable people to make their own decisions and to take responsibility for their own lives and communities. Personal, social, health and economic education (PSHEE) is an important and necessary part of all students’ education.


Personal Development Curriculum