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Vision Statement

Human and Cultural Education (HCE) encourages students to understand and  respect how people from different cultures, religions and societies relate to one another and the world in which we live.  We provide a means by which students can apply their direct experience of the world around them and extend their understanding of it in personal, local, national and global contexts.

HCE has four elements to it Personal Social Health Education (PSHE), Citizenship, Religious Studies and Careers Education.

The core value that underpins all of the elements and the basis of all of our lessons is respect.

Our careers lessons provide students with an understanding of the skills and attributes they need to develop to be successful in both their further education and within the world of work.

Whilst ensuring students have respect for themselves and those around them we aim to develop the skills and understanding needed to equip young people to become active and tolerant citizens that make a positive contribution to their community. We strive to ensure our students know how to remain healthy, safe and equipped to deal with a variety of situations.


Key Stage Three

The following topics are taught through years 7 to 9:

Year 7

Topics including: Safety and Health (PSHE)

The Law (Citizenship)

Beliefs and Values (RE)

Puberty (PSHE)

An Introduction to Careers

Year 8

Active Citizenship (Citizenship)

People who have changed the world (RE)

Relationships (PSHE)

Moving forward with careers

Financial Education (PSHE)

Year 9

Substances and Risks (PSHE)

Democracy (Citizenship)

Moral and Ethical Issues (RE)

Relationships and Sex Education (PSHE)

Preparing for GCSE Choices (Careers)


Key Stage Four

In Key Stage Four all students cover the following topics:


Managing Personal Finance (PSHE)

Safeguarding (PSHE)

Preparing for the World of Work (Careers)



As an option students can choose to study GCSE Citizenship Studies OCR (9-1)

Years 10-11

Curriculum content:

Rights, the law and the legal system in England and Wales

Democracy and Government

The UK and the wider world

There are 3 formal examinations: multiple choice, two written papers and an assessed active citizenship project during year 2.



  • Carolyn Doughton – Subject leader for PSHE, Citizenship and Religious Education
  • Jo Lee – Responsibility for Careers and GCSE Citizenship
  • Clare Roberts – Teacher