Back To School

For more details on how we are beginning our safe, orderly and effective transition back to school from 1 June, please see our Back To School page for more information and guides for each site.

Personal Social Health Education

Personal Social Health Education

The teaching of PSHE at Downsend focuses on a whole school approach to physical and emotional well-being. It is reflected in the values and ethos of the school.

Our Aims

To help our pupils to

  • Be happy, confident and independent individuals
  • Develop self-knowledge and self-esteem
  • Distinguish right from wrong and to respect rules
  • Understand that with rights come responsibilities – accept responsibility for their behaviour, show initiative and understand how they can contribute to the school community
  • Develop good relationships and have a healthy respect for differences between people
  • Develop a healthy and safe lifestyle
  • Develop an awareness of public institutions and services in the UK.
  • Make informed choices about their online activities and behaviours.


PSHE lessons are taught by the pupils’ form tutor, allowing them time to form a closer relationship and for the tutor to better understand his/her pupils’ needs and opinions. In Year 6 our themes are taught through the use of the Go Givers PSHE scheme, enabling the class to consider and discuss issues. Lower School classes follow four core themes.

In Year 7 the following topics are covered

  • Health and Well-Being
  • Relationships
  • Living in the Wider World

In Year 8 the following topics are covered

  • Health and Well-Being
  • Relationships and Sex Education


We have been working closely with Childnet, in educating our children about Internet Safety. We have speakers talking to children and parents, including a combined workshop for the Year 7s and their parents. Year 8 visit the Sutton Life Centre, where they will go on a virtual tour having to make decisions in a variety of situations. There is also an internet safety workshop.


Head of PSHE / Reasoning: Dee Vanstone

01372 372197