The Education of the Whole Person

We offer young people the experience of life in a community founded on Gospel values and working in harmony. Through this and a variety of educational experiences and interactions we aim to prepare young people for a life working with others in communities which maybe diverse socially, culturally and religiously. We recognise that it is also important to help pupils to understand their own ethnic identity and cultural heritage as well as helping them to understand that of others irrespective of whether the school serves or is located in an ethnically diverse community.

Personal Development Programme (PDP)

At St Peter and St Paul, we are dedicated to promoting values which ensure our students develop a strong sense of social and moral responsibility, and which prepare them for life in modern day Britain.  SMSC (spiritual, moral, social and cultural development) underpins every aspect of our provision and is supported by the Catholic nature of our Academy.

Through PDP, we promote British Values in order for our students to:

  • develop their self-knowledge, self-esteem and self-confidence
  • distinguish right from wrong and to respect the civil and criminal law of England
  • accept responsibility for their behaviour, show initiative, and to understand how they can contribute positively to the lives of those living and working in the locality of the school and to society more widely
  • acquire a broad general knowledge of and respect for public institutions and services in England
  • acquire an appreciation for and respect for their own and other cultures and promote tolerance and harmony between different cultural traditions
  • encourage respect for other people
  • encourage respect for democracy and support for participation in the democratic processes, including respect for the basis on which the law is made and applied in England

At St Peter and St Paul, pupils from all year groups form our vertical tutor groups reflecting the diversity of our Academy. Each tutor group is a part of the extended ‘family’ of their Faculty and hence the whole Academy.  It is a family learning to empathise, care, show consideration for others and grow together.

As part of tutor time all students follow the Living Stones programme giving them the opportunity to think and reflect on different values and the practical implications of expressing them in relation to themselves, others, the community, Britain and the world at large.  The aim is to support our students to make positive personal choices now and in the future.  They will be encouraged to choose their own personal, social, moral and spiritual values and be aware of the practical ways for developing them.

Whole school assemblies take place each week and all Faculties meet together for a weekly assembly.

Citizenship is delivered across the curriculum in Years 7 – 11, supplemented by activities in the three designated ‘Aspire Days’ and KS3 Conscience Week.

Three Aspire Days are organised throughout the year for all students, including Sixth Form.  Activities are based around the citizenship programme of study, promoting British Values, Health and Relationships Education and Careers Education.

KS3 students have the opportunity, during Conscience Week, to explore aspects from the Aspire Days further; including workshops and activities focused on, for example, health, relationships, rights and responsibilities, finance, careers.

Work Experience is a valuable part of Y10; all students enjoy a week working with a range of providers across the spectrum of careers.

During the year, visiting speakers and presenters work with a range of groups; these include National Citizenship Service, NHS Careers, e-safety, armed forces careers, authors and poets.

All students have the opportunity to be elected onto the School Council.  This active body of students promotes awareness of charities and encourages the whole school community to become involved in fundraising to support others, both locally and wider.