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Core Curriculum

Personal Development & Citizenship (PDC) 

PDC enables you to develop a set of skills and qualities that can support a happier, healthier and more fulfilling future.  PDC is a very broad subject that covers:body image, drugs –legal and illegal, alcohol, finance and debt, global inequality and trade, human rights and responsibilities, legal system, prejudice and discrimination, self-esteem and stress, Relationship and Sex Education (RSE), homophobia, contraception, teenage pregnancy, Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs), abstinence, positive and negative relationships, study skills, work experience preparation, mock interviews and Post-16 preparation in Year 11.

In addition to gaining an informed knowledge of the above topics, students will be encouraged to develop the necessary skills to assess and evaluate economic well-being,financial capability, personal wellbeing, spiritual and cultural circumstances.  

Due to the nature of PDC, modules are covered in cross-curricular subjects as well as through themed assemblies and during form periods.

Physical Education 

Students in Year 10 follow a set programme of activities throughout the year including Volleyball, Fitness, Football and Trampolining. Some of these activities build upon prior learning at Key Stage 3 and provide students with the opportunity to develop more advanced skills and tactics. Some of the activities within the unit are taught in a “sport education” format, where students adopt different roles within lessons and develop understanding of wider participation in sport.

In Year 11 students follow an option process in which they choose to develop their performance within one activity or across a broad range. Within this option process there are a wide variety of activities both competitive and non-competitive.