Religion, Society & Wellbeing
The Religion, Society and Wellbeing department (RSW) empowers all students to become informed, self-aware, responsible, healthy and connected citizens ready to respond confidently to the challenges we face in our communities with compassion, courage and creativity.
Within Religious Education, we explore people’s religious and cultural beliefs and the difference this makes to how we live so that students can gain the knowledge, understanding and skills needed to understand and handle questions raised by religion and belief, reflecting on their own ideas and ways of living.
Within PSHCE we give pupils the knowledge, skills, and attributes they need to keep themselves healthy and safe and to prepare them for life and work in modern Britain. PSHCE is at the heart of our curriculum. Students cover a range of topics notably around real-life and current topics, focused on preparing students for their contributions and existence within society. We are proud of our inclusive, diverse and curious students and seek to further develop these traits and tolerance and understanding whilst also equipping our students to embrace change and challenge. PSHCE ensures that students are well-rounded individuals who are able to integrate into society with knowledge and understanding of the wider world. Mental health is equally as important to us as physical health and it is imperative our students find strategies to cope with stress and mental health problems. The WHO estimates that major depression will be the world’s second most debilitating disease by 2020, after heart disease. Depressive disorders are directly related to social deprivation and we want to combat this. In the UK 20% of adolescents may experience a mental health problem in any given year whilst suicide remains the most common cause of death for men aged 20-49. These statistics have supported our careful planning of mental health in the curriculum and the support around it alongside many of our staff being trained within the Mental Health First Aid training (MHFA England). The impact from the PSHCE lessons and the strong mental health and well-being messages that thread through our PSHCE and LEARN programmes also underpin all values and approaches that we undertake at every level towards our staff and students.
Please see parental overview of the courses in KS3 and KS4 below.
Key Stage 3 and 4
Key Stage 4