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What is the rationale for Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education (PSHE)?

We live in a time of rapid change, with new and unpredictable opportunities and challenges constantly emerging.  The PSHE curriculum at Montpelier High School provides students with the opportunity to explore their attitudes, values and beliefs and to develop the skills, language, attributes  and strategies necessary to manage issues should they encounter them in their lives.  Our PSHE curriculum promotes the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of our students to prepare them for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life.

Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education (PSHE) currently forms part of the non-statutory guidelines in The National Curriculum.  However, as of September 2020 Relationships & Sex Education (RSE) became statutory. As a curriculum area PSHE is designed to help give pupils the skills, knowledge and understanding they need to lead confident, healthy, independent lives and become informed, active, responsible citizens. 

Through the PSHE curriculum, we teach our students about personal identity, diversity and equality, rights and responsibilities, change and resilience, relationships, risk and personal safety, health and wellbeing (physical, mental and social), power (how it is used and encountered) and employability.  In addition, Colston’s Girls’ School supports and delivers a firm commitment to developing and upholding the British Values of democracy, rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of others.  For more on this, please see the British Values section of the CGS website.

How is PSHE taught at Montpelier High School?

The PSHE Curriculum has been designed in accordance with guidance and training given by the PSHE Association:  PSHE Association Programme of Study (Updated 2020/21) & PSHE Association Planning Toolkit (Updated 2020/21).

The curriculum and lessons are planned by PSHE leads, Ms Sarah Dukes ( and Ms Nicola Langham (  Both attend regular PSHE training and awareness events. The subject leasds meet with the Heads of Year, Pastoral Team, Child Protection Lead, and the School First Aider in addition to carrying out regular Student Voice to ensure that the needs of our students are met by the PSHE curriculum.

All students receive PSHE sessions during tutor time.  Lessons are delivered by tutors, and these lessons have been planned and designed to meet the needs of all students.

Y7-Y9 students are taught in house groups and are receive one hour a fortnight on their timetable throughout the year. These lessons have been designed to cover age appropriate topics, including Sex and Relationships and Substance Misuse.  Religious, cultural and moral values are always considered when teaching and discussing these topics. The lessons are delivered by the students’ Heads of House, with the Sex and Relationships lessons delivered by Ms Dukes (Head of PSHE).

As and when possible and appropriate, external agencies who specialise in the delivery of PSHE related topics are invited into Montpelier High School to support the delivery of the PSHE Curriculum.   

Y10-Y11 students receive regular PSHE lessons throughout the year and equates approximately 12-14 guided learning hours throughout the year on age appropriate topics relevant to the PSHE curriculum. 

As and when possible and appropriate, external agencies who specialise in the delivery of PSHE related topics are invited into Montpelier High School to support the delivery of PSHE to KS4 through assemblies and workshops during collapsed curriculum time.

How will parents/carers be kept informed about the PSHE Curriculum? 

We believe it is important to keep you informed about the topics and content of the PSHE curriculum at Montpelier High School.  Please refer to the PSHE Curriculum Map.

PSHE curriculum map


We send out regular communication in order to inform/remind parents/carers when we are about to start a potentially sensitive topic or a topic that forms part of sex education component of PSHE.

Sex and Relationships education at Montpelier High School

For information regarding the rationale for Sex and Relationships Education and the statutory responsibility of schools to teach this from September 2020, please see the Department for Education policy statement published in March.

Religious, cultural and moral values are always considered when teaching and discussing sex and relationships at Montpelier High School.

You do have a right to withdraw your child from sex education delivered as part of RSE in secondary schools which, unless there are exceptional circumstances, will be granted up to three terms before your child turns 16. At this point, if the child themselves wishes to receive sex education rather than be withdrawn, the school should make arrangements for this to happen in one of the three terms before the child turns 16 - the legal age of sexual consent.

There is no right to withdraw from Relationships or Health Education at secondary level and we believe the content of these subjects – such as family, friendship, safety (including online safety) – are important for all children to be taught.

If you should be considering withdrawing your daughter from any Sex and Relationships lessons during the academic year 2020-2021 please discuss your concerns with Ms Dukes prior to making your decision and your child’s withdrawal would need to be explained to her by email

Useful links and information:

PSHE Association:

Emotional Health & Wellbeing: 

Young Minds:
Off the Record Bristol:

Kooth (Young people’s online counselling and mental health service) 

Sex & Relationships: 

4YP Bristol:


Relate Relationships Advice


Department for Education and SRE:

PSHE Association and SRE:


Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP):

Child Net:


Anti-Bullying Alliance:

Domestic Violence:

National Domestic Violence Help Line:

Substance Misuse:

Talk to Frank:

NHS Quit smoking:

NHS Alcohol Support:  Alcohol support - NHS (

National Association for children of alcoholics.

Other Useful Websites

The NHS website - NHS (


NSPCC:  Support for parents | NSPCC

Children Meditations:

Parents Meditations:

PSHE Policy

Appendix 4 - PSHE curriculum map