At St Weonards Academy, we aim to provide young people with the knowledge, understanding, attitudes and practical skills to live healthily, safely, productively and responsibly. As a school we believe the ethos of the school should be built on a foundation of core values, which are; honesty, respect, responsibility, friendship, perseverance and courage as well as the key British values. These will permeate the whole curriculum but will be especially heavily featured in PSHE and RE lessons, and school assemblies.
PSHE (Personal, Social and Health Education) and SEAL (Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning) are taught through lessons, assemblies and through other subjects, as well as through educational visits and visits from external agencies.
Sex Education is taught to Year Six pupils only. At St Weonards we recognise that particular care and sensitivity is needed in matching teaching to the maturity of the pupils involved. Staff aim to help pupils cope with the physical and emotional challenges of growing up and offer an elementary explanation of human reproduction. Pupils’ questions will be sensitively answered, with due consideration for any particular religious or cultural factors bearing on the discussion. Parents will be informed before such an event regarding arrangements and content of the talk or video.