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Being happy and healthy and growing into the best individuals we can be. We at The Aylesbury Vale Academy believe that students can reach their full potential if they are encouraged and given the opportunities to develop, socially and morally.

Personal, Social, Health and Citizenship education (PSHCE) helps to give the students the knowledge, skills and understanding they need to lead confident, healthy and independent lives. We encourage and push our students to be informed and active in making decisions necessary in being responsible citizens. They learn to respect and understand our common humanity, diversity and differences so that they can go on to form effective, fulfilling relationships that are an essential part of life and learning.

With ever changing social environments, opportunities and challenges that lay ahead in our lives, we at The Aylesbury Vale Academy’s PSHCE department ensure that our students are informed and learn in safe environments where they are confident to discuss and debate their thoughts and views.

At The Aylesbury Vale Academy, PSHCE is a structured and statutory part of the Curriculum with one hour per week timetabled for pupils in Year 7 and 8 and structured ‘Super Learning Days’ for Years 9, 10 and 11. The PSHCE programme makes an important contribution to the main school aims of life-long learning and aspiration.

The PSHCE Team


Subject Leader for PSHCE: 


The Key Stage 3

Year 7 students are taught a variety of topics, covering their transition into life at the Academy and core values.

  • Transition and values
  • Becoming a better learner
  • Safety
  • Healthy Lifestyles
  • Animal Rights
  • Performance in Education

Year 8 students are encouraged to develop their social awareness, empathy and understanding of diversity. They also learn about the transition from childhood to adulthood, which covers sex and relationships (SRE), drug and alcohol awareness.

  • Charities
  • The Media
  • Diverse Society
  • Local Democracy
  • Kid to Adulthood

Year 9

Through the use of Super Learning Days and Connexions, Year 9 students are given access to a range of topics and professional organisations, ensuring they are equipped with accurate, current and direct information, essential to their decision making and choices.

Key Stage 4

Years 10 and 11

Again through interactive and well-structured Super Learning Days, Years 10 and 11 students have excellent opportunities to partake in a wide range of activities from a variety of organisations.

As well as their lesson based learning, students are given opportunities across the curriculum to develop their leadership qualities, personal and social development in areas such as form time activities, assemblies and enrichment opportunities.

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