Head of Department

Mrs H Mars

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The PSHCEe programme at Ripon Grammar School aims to equip pupils with the skills and knowledge they need to make the most of their lives.  The curriculum is designed to encourage pupils to examine their own views and feelings and to consider and respect those of others.

PSHCEe supports the delivery of the National Curriculum for Citizenship and the statutory Relationships, Health and Sex Education.

Our programme is based around three key themes:  health and wellbeing, relationships and living in the wider world.

Mrs Mars talks about how students are encouraged to thrive both as individuals and active members of society in her classes, which explore everything from personal safety and physical and mental wellbeing to politics and understanding the wider world. Click on the play button below to hear more:

Summary of Subject Content

Lower School (KS3)

Pupils have 1 40-minute lesson of PSHCEe each week. The groups are of mixed ability and taught as a form. The programme is supported by form time and assembly content. There are also a number of additional PSHCEe activities during the school year.

PSHCEe is assessed within the school by one formal examination in the summer term. Students’ progress is also assessed termly using the work completed in class, either through end of unit assessments or set tasks.

Year 7 programme

  • Introduction to PSHCEe
  • Mental health
  • Relationships - anti-bullying and positive relationships
  • Citizenship - British values and active citizenship
  • Health lifestyles
  • Growing up and puberty
  • PLUS - study skills
  • Money skills

Year 8 programme

  • Mental health
  • Relationships - including relationship breakdown
  • Active citizenship
  • First Aid
  • Risky behaviour - smoking and e-cigarettes
  • Personal safety - online
  • Building for the future
  • Personal finance
  • Media influence and body image

Year 9 programme

  • Mental health
  • Human rights
  • Risky behaviour - alcohol, drugs and gambling
  • Relationships and Sex Education [RSE]
  • Preparations for employment
  • National Trust challenge

Upper School 


From 2022, PSHCEe lessons have been introduced at KS4 and lessons on the content listed below are taught on a carousel alongside some RE content (denoted with * ). Additional content is delivered through the curriculum, in form time and through additional events as appropriate. KS4 students also have more careers and work-related topics supported by their involvement in a Work Experience Week in the Summer Term.

10.1 Medical and self care

10.5 Self image and the media

11.3 First aid refresher; sex and fertility

10.2 Relationships*, communication and loss

10.3 Personal safety, extremism and War*

11.4 Parenting

10.4 Work and health and safety

10.6 Work experience and reflections

11.1 Financial and career planning

11.2 Medical ethics*

11.5 Crime and punishment

* Denotes Short Course GCSE RE syllabus


Appropriate PSHCEe topics are delivered as part of the Academic Enrichment programme on Fridays during Periods 4 and 5, and this is enhanced by topics delivered through the curriculum, in form time and through additional events. Topics include relationships, attitudes, values, health and personal safety and the programme is updated annually and overseen by the Sixth Form Team.

The Curriculum Plan can be viewed here.

Additional events

The PSHCEe programme lends itself well to special events during the school year.  These events vary from year to year but may include:

  • National Trust Challenge (link with Fountains Abbey and the school library)
  • Bewerley Park Outdoor Education Centre residential course
  • Building for the Future (Engineering project with STEM)
  • Sex Education by an external provider
  • Careers programme [guest speakers, mock interviews and careers fairs]