Our Life Skills programme is aimed at helping pupils get the most out of their school life as well as helping them develop as individuals. All Life Skills lessons up to Year 11 take place with Form or Tutor groups, our basic pastoral unit.
In Years 7 to 9 Life Skills is taught by the Form or House Tutor, strengthening the pastoral links between Tutor and Tutee.
In years 10 and 11 the lessons are taught by specialists who rotate around the form groups on a 4 or 5 week basis.
Here are some of the topics covered in our current Life Skills programme:
- Years 7 and 8 – settling in, study skills, your values, bullying, disability, alcohol, smoking, friendships, the internet.
- Year 9 – drugs, crime, citizenship personal health and well-being
- Years 10 and 11 – citizenship, ICT, study skills, careers, physical and mental health issues, belief and interpersonal communication, personal finance.
During these courses we encourage pupils to go beyond acquiring particular knowledge or skills, so that they develop the moral, ethical and spiritual values that underlie their lives.
“They show a keen sense of fair play and debate moral dilemmas with maturity and good sense. Pupils develop their own set of appropriate values, while respecting and appreciating those of others.” Independent Schools Inspectorate Report 2014