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Personal Development: Key Stage 3

Our curriculum is flexible to the needs of students, based on the findings of Cambridgeshire Children and Young People’s Health and Wellbeing Survey, and more current safeguarding needs.  We are aware that students in this key stage need to consider their health and wellbeing, the importance of supportive relationships, their rights and responsibilities as effective citizens, and how to make budgetary and career decisions.  SMSC and British Values are reflected in all lessons.  LGBTQI+ issues also figure significantly, supported by Kite club provision in school for all age groups.  

Year 7 has a focus on building resilience, how to form and manage strong relationships, primarily with their friends and they are armed with the skills to address bullying.   Students have First aid training too.

In Year 8, students focus on being aware of online risks, what democracy is, plus the importance of hygiene and emotional and physical self-awareness.

Year 9 students concentrate on workplace skills and human rights, addiction and mental health and where they can go for support. 

Specialist speakers are invited into school to ensure that certain topics are addressed in a sensitive and age-appropriate way – e.g. drug awareness and sexual health education.

Key events this year:

  • Visits by MAGPAS, emergency services, teaching student’s CPR, defibrillation and how to ring 999 in an emergency over the next year.
  • Epic Risk Management, delivering assemblies on the risks of online gambling, gambling, gaming and how destructive this can be to our lives.
  • AlterEgo Creative Resources theatre group showing the students Chelsea’s Story. This highlights the very serious and emotional issue of child sexual exploitation and how young people are groomed by adults.