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St Gabriel’s

St Gabriel’s


A vital part of the success of our pastoral system is our PSHE programme, which is taught as a timetabled subject and is integral to the health, personal and social wellbeing of every pupil. Pupils benefit from a relevant and enjoyable programme, which enhances self-esteem and autonomy and enables them to develop the communicative and social skills needed to make well-informed, safe and healthy choices as they prepare for adult life. The programme is designed around three key themes - Health Education, RSE (Relationships and Sex Education) and Living in the Wider World (Study Skills, Careers, Finance and Citizenship).

PSHE takes place every Monday morning and is delivered primarily by form tutors, overseen by Heads of School. The programme includes specialist sessions that are delivered by the School Nurse and School Counsellor, in addition to external speakers on issues such as drugs awareness and the court system. The school also subscribes to Unifrog, an online platform which helps pupils to make informed career choices.

The PSHE programme values pupil voice and is reviewed regularly by Heads of School and the Deputy Head, Pastoral, to respond to any issues that might arise in a year group, the school or the wider community.

Year 7 & Year 8

In Year 7 and Year 8, PSHE explores the following key themes:

Year 7

  • Transition to Senior School
  • Online Safety
  • Health & Wellbeing
  • Building Relationships
  • Respectful Relationships
  • Developing Skills & Aspirations

Pupils are introduced to CEOP (Child Exploitation and Online Protection) strategies to educate them about online safety.

Year 8

  • Emotional Wellbeing
  • Digital Literacy
  • Health Education
  • Diversity
  • Living in the Wider World
  • Identity & Relationships

Year 9 - Year 11

In Year 9 - Year 11, PSHE explores the following key themes:

Year 9

  • Healthy Lifestyles
  • Peer Influence & Emotional Wellbeing
  • Future Steps
  • Living in the Wider World
  • Respectful Relationships

Pupils in Year 9 are encouraged to become active members of the wider community by organising a community link visit with their form.

Year 10

  • Mental Wellbeing
  • Independence
  • Families
  • Citizenship
  • Healthy Relationships; Intimate Relationships

Year 11

  • Mental Wellbeing
  • Futures
  • Healthy Relationships; Intimate Relationships
  • Families
  • NCS (National Citizenship Programme)
  • Preparing for GCSEs

In Year 11, pupils complete a Morrisby psychometric profile which identifies abilities, aptitudes, personality traits and interests. They receive a detailed follow-up report as well as a one-to-one interview with an experienced member of staff to help them with the process of career planning beyond GCSE.