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