The main aims of Personal Development is to encourage each student to reflect on and make informed decisions about many of the challenging ethical and personal issues that they will face in the modern world. We endeavour to equip students with knowledge of the world around them and to provide a forum in which they can develop insight and good decision making skills. Personal Development involves a variety of teaching and learning styles, including independent research, small group and whole class discussions, role-play, demonstrations, DVD clips, practical activities and outside speakers. This enables the students to explore relevant issues in a way that suits all learning styles and enhances the students learning experience.

Personal Development is when the school combines PSHE (Personal, Social, Health Education), Citizenship, Careers and Learning to make sure we achieve our aim of promoting the spiritual, moral, social, cultural, mental and physical development of all students.

Our programme of study for Personal Development can be seen below: 

Programme of Study for KS3

Programme of study for KS4

Delivery schedule for KS3

Delivery schedule for KS4


Personal Development is delivered every week to the whole school but it is also delivered in a number of other ways which can be seen below:

  • The Duke of Edinburgh Award
  • Combined Cadet Force
  • Young Enterprise
  • Wimbledon Tennis Championships
  • Transition (PGL/summer school)
  • Prince’s Trust 
  • Extensive Extra-curricular programme 
  • Aspiration week
  • PSHCE days
  • Rewards (golden time/merit shop) 
  • Curriculum & extra-curricular trips            
  • ACE awards 
  • Jack Petchey Award
  • Sports partnerships 
  • University partnerships 
  • Local charity partnerships


Year 7 Literacy and Numeracy Catch-up Funding

The literacy and numeracy catch-up premium gives schools additional funding to support Year 7 students who did not achieve the expected standard in Reading or Mathematics at the end of Key Stage 2 (KS2).

Early intervention and the development of Literacy is a focus of the school this year; it is a priority as identified in the School Improvement Plan. Many pupils have reading ages significantly below their chronological ages. The school has a clear strategy for raising the profile of literacy and, as a result, the standards. It has a ‘Whole School Reading’ scheme for all pupils which runs alongside the Accelerated Reader programme in Years 7-9. Several members of staff also have ‘Literacy’ as a key focus for professional development, whilst we also have a dedicated Literacy Coordinator. Literacy and Numeracy development are also a key part of the tutor time programme and staff have a clear understanding of their importance. Pupils who have not made the expected progress when they arrive in Y7 are immediately identified and, subsequently, their profiles are shared with all members of staff.

There are 26 pupils below the expected standard in reading and 10 pupils below the expected standard in Mathematics, whilst there are 22 pupils below the expected standard in both. The school has received £10,939 for the catch-up premium.


The expected impact will be for all pupils in this group to make progress towards the expected standard in English and Mathematics.

Please find below the Year 7 Catch Up Premium Improvement Plan.

Year 7 Catch Up Premium Improvement Plan.

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