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Smithdon High School

PSHE (Aspire)

Preparing our students for life beyond Smithdon is about ensuring they develop the skills needed to make safe, informed choices as well as to be comfortable with themselves and respect the diversity of people around them. We want our students to develop the skills to help them become responsible, respectful, caring citizens of the communities they are part of.

Smithdon delivers PSHE through timetabled lessons with students’ form tutors, twice weekly through our ASPIRE (Achievement, Self-awareness, Purpose, Involvement, Relationships and Emotional intelligence) programme. Beyond these sessions PSHE is also embedded across all academic subjects and in our assemblies. 

Additionally, we invite experts into school to talk to year groups on issues such as personal safety, puberty, social media use and alcohol – these additional sessions provide another way of learning, whilst reinforcing the PSHE messages.

The Relationship learning within our ASPIRE programme covers the compulsory teaching of Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) and Health Education (The Relationships Education, Relationships and Sex Education and Health Education (England) Regulations 2019, made under sections 34 and 35 of the Children and Social Work Act 2017). 

The teaching of RSE will encourage students to:

  • Value and respect themselves and others
  • Value healthy sexual relationships which are based on mutual respect and care
  • Respect differences in religion, culture, gender, sexual orientation and abilities
  • Value and respect their own and other’s rights to make choices in relationships – both sexual and platonic
  • Recognise stable and loving relationships for the nurturing of children


To view the Smithdon Aspire Programme click here.