Herringthorpe Valley Road, Rotherham, S65 2NU

01709 361502

St Mary's Catholic Primary School

Personal, Social, Health, Citizenship and Economic Education

 At St Mary's, there is a whole school approach to PSHCE in the curriculum, and throughout the life of the school and its community. Our school is committed to promoting the health and well-being of pupils, and of the whole school community, and fully recognises the important relationship between well-being and learning. We provide the children with a curriculum that is broadly based, balanced and meets the needs of all pupils.

Through PSHCE and the wider curriculum, we promote the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of pupils at the school and of society, and work to prepare pupils at the school for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life. At St Mary's, there is a whole school approach to PSHCE in the curriculum, and throughout the life of the school and its community.

PHSCE education is extremely important to us and is at the heart of our school mission and is embedded throughout all areas of the wider curriculum.


We take pride in ensuring all children develop a healthy understanding of:

  • who they are including personal qualities, attitudes, skills, attributes and achievements and what influences these
  • relationships, including different types and in different settings
  • how they can keep healthy (both emotionally and physically)
  • how they can have healthy relationships with others
  • how they can contribute to the school community and the wider community in which they live
  • how to manage risk including identification, assessment and how to manage risk rather than simply the avoidance of risk for self and others
  • what they need to do to maintain a healthy lifestyle, including physically, emotionally and socially
  • what they need to do to maintain a balanced lifestyle, including within relationships, work-life, exercise and rest, spending and saving and diet
  • safety, including behaviour and strategies to employ in different settings
  • diversity and equality, in all its forms
  • rights, including the notion of universal human rights, responsibilities including fairness and justice and consent in different contexts

  • change and resilience, the skills, strategies and ‘inner resources’ we can draw on when faced with challenging change or circumstance

  • power in a variety of contexts including persuasion, bullying, negotiation and ‘win-win’ outcomes

  • career, including enterprise, employability and economic understanding.