Sunday Times Prep School of the Year 2013-14

PSHE Education


PSHE education in our school curriculum is defined as a programme of learning through which children acquire the knowledge, understanding and skills they need to manage their lives, now and in the future.

Holy Cross’s PSHE curriculum encourages our girls to become healthy, independent and responsible in life and develop the qualities and attributes they need to thrive as individuals, family members and members of society. Its broad aims are to enable children to:

  • value themselves and others as unique human beings - capable of spiritual, moral, intellectual and physical growth and development;
  • respect the rule of law, distinguish between right and wrong and understand the consequences of their own and others’ actions;
  • lead them to show justice and respect for others and any differences, thus treating all people as equal;
  • develop a clear set of values and attitudes, including honesty and kindness, and learn how to make decisions and moral judgements;
  • develop their varied abilities and talents fully and set achievable goals;
  • recognise the importance of their contribution to society;
  • have a broad general knowledge of public institutions and services in England;
  • recognise, develop and maintain a healthy lifestyle;
  • develop skills in language, decision-making and their self-knowledge, confidence and self- esteem;
  • take responsibility for their actions, show initiative and cooperate with others in a group and develop as confident and positive contributors to their community;
  • acquire an appreciation of and respect for their own and other cultures in a way that promotes tolerance and harmony between different cultural traditions;
  • respect other people, even if they choose to follow a lifestyle that one would not choose to follow oneself;
  • appreciate racial and cultural diversity and help them to recognise that racism is to be avoided and resisted;
  • gain a respect for democracy and support for participation in the democratic process, including respect for the basis on which the law is made and applied in England;
  • develop an understanding of how they can influence decision-making through the democratic process;
  • respect for other people with regard to the protected characteristics set out in the Equality Act 2010: age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation.

We distil some of these values in our very own, ‘Holy Cross Way’ which all girls and staff adhere to. Due to its cross-curricular nature, PSHE plays a crucial role within all aspects of school life and is taught across the whole curriculum; it is based on the three core themes within which there is a broad overlap and flexibility:

  1. Health and Wellbeing.
  2. Relationships.
  3. Living in the Wider World (to include economic wellbeing and being responsible citizens).  


British values are actively promoted throughout the school and embedded within the PSHE curriculum to ensure pupils are prepared for life in modern Britain. Pupils are encouraged to respect the fundamental British values, as defined by the government, of:

  • democracy – actively promoted through the School Council
  • rule of law – actively promoted through our School Charter - The Holy Cross Way; class rules and the rules within our school community
  • individual liberty – actively promoted through rights and responsibilities
  • mutual respect – actively promoted through School’s Aims, Mission Statement and The Holy Cross Way
  • tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs – actively promoted through RE curriculum, assemblies and World Faiths Week.

The girls become engaged in the PSHE curriculum and actively learn through individual, paired and group work, role-play and discussion, circle time and collaborative activities and use of ICT.  Work is recorded in a variety of ways appropriate to the year group to include folders, books, floor-books or within cross curricular subjects.


At Holy Cross the girls are actively encouraged to play a positive role in contributing to the life of the school and the wider community through their involvement with the School Council, the Eco Council, being a Digital Leader or School Stationer. All the girls are involved with annual fundraising activities and learn awareness of local and overseas charities which the school supports. They experience a whole range of visiting speakers and hear a wealth of tales incorporating the corporate, personal, financial, medical and charitable world. The girls have experienced a diverse range of society, listening to presentations and demonstrations from backgrounds including the RNLI, the fire brigade and police force, as well as an ex-pilot of Concorde, a scientific Everest mountaineer, Olympic and Paralympic athletes, to name but a few.

As a school we actively promote the United Nation’s Convention on the Rights of the Child, each year group adopting a theme and looking at the respective articles relating to it.