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Personal, Social, Health, Citizenship and Economic (PSHCE) Education at St John’s


At St John’s the programme of study for all year groups fulfils our statutory responsibility to support pupils’ spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development. It prepares them for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of life. It is essential that the experience of PSHCE education should not simply be a series of one-off disconnected sessions, each on a different topic and focussing only on factual content. As a school, we believe that it is vital that parents and guardians be involved and support the PSHCE programme. Therefore, there are various evening sessions put on for parents throughout the academic year. Consequently, open lines of communication are maintained between pupil, parent and the School.

The programme is based upon a series of core themes suggested by the ISI (Independent Schools Inspectorate), covering three core themes:

1. Health and Wellbeing 
2. Relationships 
3. Living in the Wider World

Fourth Form Programme

The Fourth Form programme of study is often introduced using external speakers and then followed up by tutors within tutor groups. External speakers include: -

  • Karl Hopwood: Cyber Safety and the Law; 
  • Anthony McLellan: Alcohol and the Law; 
  • Dave Parvin: Drugs and the Law; 
  • Dove: Self-esteem; 
  • Natasha Devon: Self Harm and Positive Emotions; 
  • Samaritans: Where to go for help; and,
  • Careers.

Fifth Form Programme

The Fifth Form programme of study at St John’s is based around the same areas of study as the Fourth Form programme. The course is designed so that pupils progress through a two-year syllabus. Pupils attend four sessions on each of the three modules over the course of the year. Each half term an external speaker comes in to deliver a session on a specific topic. External speakers include:

  • Alex Fryer: Sexual Relations; 
  • Jon Bockleman Evans: Stress Management; 
  • Bob Tait: Substance Abuse; and,
  • Careers.

Summer Term Fourth Form and Lower Fifth Programme

Pupils are placed into mixed Fourth Form and Lower Fifth groups within houses. The course runs as a two-year cycle based around two topics:

1) Great People

Based around the quotation ‘To leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition; to know that even one life has breathed easier because you have lived - that is to have succeeded‘ (Ralph Waldo Emerson).

2) Great Leaders

Based around the quotation ‘If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader’ (John Quincy Adams). 

Sixth Form Programme

The Sixth Form programme of study comprises a range of external speakers relating to life beyond school. Pupils then receive the opportunity to discuss any issues raised with their tutor in a follow-up session. External speakers include:-

  • Samaritans; 
  • John Hoskinson: Risk and Consequences; 
  • Steve Pendleton: War and disabilities; and,
  • NHS: Sexual Health.