SEX and RELATIONSHIP EDUCATION
The school accepts the view of HMI expressed in Health Education from 5 to 16 “the importance of sexual relationships in all our lives is such that sex education is a crucial part of preparing children for their lives - now and in the future as adults and parents”.
Sex education is set in the context of family life, of loving relationships and respect for others. Moral/health and sex education issues are encountered at many points in the school curriculum. The programme seeks to assist adolescents to understand human sexuality and to learn to take responsibility for their own behaviour. Sex education and reproduction is covered in the science curriculum and within PSHCEE. Here, the issues are always covered within a moral framework and the role of the family is covered. The school has a sex and relationship policy.
Right of Withdrawal
Parents are reminded of their right to withdraw students from sex education. Appropriate alternative arrangements will be made in such circumstances.
Citizenship is taught across the curriculum and it is also an element of our PSHCE programme. Students gain knowledge and understanding about becoming informed citizens and develop their skills of enquiry, communication, participation and responsible action.
The school also offers opportunities for involvement in active citizenship initiatives. These initiatives include the Friendly Face scheme, peacemakers and peer coaching (peer support), paired reading (peer education), student involvement with the Aylsham Food Festival and the Aylsham Show, charity events, eco warriors, school council and attendance at European conferences and other similar events. We also promote global citizenship within the school through inviting the local community group Aylsham Worldwide in to school to deliver talks and raise awareness of issues in developing countries.
A programme for collective worship is published to staff. Themes are followed to help students to develop morally and spiritually.
Right of Withdrawal
Parents are reminded of their right to withdraw students from collective worship on religious grounds. Appropriate alternative arrangements will be made in such circumstances.