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Welcome to

St Albans Girls' School

Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE)


The Department

Curriculum Leader: Miss E McHugh

What will be studied:

The themes covered in our PSHE programme of study are,

  • Identity: Their personal qualities, attitudes, skills, attributes and achievements and what influences these
  • Relationships: including different types of relationships and in different settings and the difference between healthy and unhealthy relationships
  • A Healthy and balanced lifestyle: Physically, emotionally and socially. Also including work- life balance, exercise and rest, spending and saving and diet
  • Risk: Identification, assessment and how to manage risk and Safety including strategies to avoid risky behaviour
  • Diversity and Equality
  • Rights and responsibilities: Including Consent
  • Change and resilience: strategies and inner resources to cope in challenging circumstances
  • Power: Balance and imbalance of power including bullying, persuasion, negotiating and “win/win” outcomes
  • Career: including enterprise, employability and economic understanding

The STAGS policies for PSHE and RSHE education are available to download below. 

Relationships and Sex Education and Health Education from 2020

In PSHE, the students will be developing valuable life skills. They will be learning about keeping safe, reducing risk and developing employability skills for use in the real world. Students are also given the time to develop opinions and be given a platform to discuss and present ideas in a learning environment.

STAGS is fully compliant with the 2020 Statutory Duty to provide Relationships and Sex Education and Health Education (RSHE). 

To see an overview of our programme for RSHE please click here

For a list of proposed dates of when each topic will be studied please click here. (Please note that this is subject to change based on the learning needs of our students) 

For the DfE Guidance for Parents please click  here

Right to Withdraw your Child from Sex Education Lessons

As a parent you have the right to request to withdraw your child from Sex Education lessons. Please be aware that you cannot withdraw your child from the Relationships or Health Education content of the curriculum. If you would like to withdraw your child from the Sex Education lessons we request that you do so in writing. You will then be contacted by Ms Karen Thomas, Deputy Head Teacher who will discuss the concerns that you have regarding the content of the lessons. Following these discussions, if you still would like your child to be withdrawn, then unless there are exceptional circumstances, we will provide your child with an alternative learning environment for the duration of only the PSHE lessons on intimate and sexual relationships. She will then rejoin her class for the other topics being taught. 

Please note that if your child is three school terms (one school year) from their 16th birthday then they have the right to choose to attend the lessons and we have a duty to fulfil this request. Additionally, please be aware that you are not allowed to withdraw your child from the science curriculum which includes content on human development and reproduction. 

How can you support your child? 

Teaching PSHE cannot happen in isolation and it is essential to have the co-operation and support of the Parents and Carers of the students. We ask students to share with you what they have been learning in class.

As a school, we are committed to providing a community learning environment and offer parent information evenings at regular intervals which take the format of lectures by visiting specialists or curriculum evenings led by our own SLT and staff.

Years 10 and 11 Core PSHE

What will be studied?

Over the 2 years students study all the subjects listed above, with topics such as,

  • Year 10 Economic education – budgeting, bank accounts, finance relating to student life
  • Year 10 Health Education – Mental health, relationships and sexual health including  pregnancy and parenthood, dug and alcohol misuse
  • Year 11 Health -Sexual health, unplanned pregnancy, drug and alcohol misuse. Stress and anxiety relating to exams
  • Year 11 – Careers education, employability, planning for the future, university courses, apprenticeships, CV writing and interview skills.

Learning Methods

The lessons will follow the familiar format that students have experienced in Key Stage 3.

How is the course assessed?

There is time for reflection at the end of each block of work and self assessment of personal progress takes place throughout the course.

What websites are recommended?

Information on the subjects we teach can be found on websites such as

Get in touch

Mr P O'Neill, Trust Business Manager

Sandridgebury Lane

St Albans



01727 853134