Welcome to the Personal Development Department

Personal Development is a subject that combines PSHE (Personal, Social, Health Education), Citizenship, Careers and Learning to Learn. The aim of Personal Development is to promote the spiritual, moral, social, cultural, mental and physical development of all students.

It encourages students to reflect on and make informed decisions about many of the challenging ethical and personal issues that they will face in the modern world. We endeavour to equip students with knowledge of the world around them and to provide a forum in which they can develop insight and good decision making skills. Personal Development involves a variety of teaching and learning styles, including independent research, small group and whole class discussions, role-play, demonstrations, DVD clips, practical activities and outside speakers. This enables the students to explore relevant issues in a way that suits all learning styles and enhances the students learning experience.


Our Faculty
Mrs M. Pryce – Head of PD


Key Stage 3
At KS3 students have Personal Development lessons once per fortnight in their Tutor Groups. They will also study Personal Development topics during various Haydays throughout the school year (collapsed days where all students are off timetable and each Year Group has a different focus for the day).

Topics covered in KS3 include Communication, Anti-bullying, Smoking Awareness, Health, growth and change, Safety, Crime and the law, Alcohol awareness, Careers and options, Healthy lifestyles, Diversity, Learning Skills and Fire safety.


Key Stage 4
At KS4 students have Personal Development lessons once per fortnight taught in mixed groupings within their Year Group.
They will also study Personal Development topics during various Haydays throughout the school year (collapsed days where all students are off timetable and each Year Group has a different focus for the day).

Topics covered in KS4 include Drug awareness, Rights and responsibilities, Cyber safety, Relationships, Sun safety, Team building, Stress and relaxation, Mental health, Sex Education, Post-16 options, Applications, Interviews, Finance and Democracy and Government.