Skip to content ↓


Director of Learning: Miss R Long 

Curriculum Ambition

PSHCE education is vital for all students at Poynton High School.   It is a planned, developmental programme of learning through which young people acquire the knowledge, understanding and skills they need to manage their lives now and in the future.   As part of our whole-school approach, PSHCE education develops the qualities and attributes young people need to thrive as individuals, family members and members of society.

Through high quality teaching and learning our intent is that the PSHCE curriculum:

  • Teaches students to live healthy, safe, productive, capable, responsible and balanced lives
  • Encourages students to be enterprising and supports them in making effective transitions, positive learning and career choices and in achieving economic wellbeing
  • Builds their confidence, resilience and self-esteem, and to identify and manage risk, make informed choices and understand what influences their decisions
  • Helps students recognise, accept and shape their identities, to understand and accommodate difference and change, to manage emotions and to communicate constructively in a variety of settings
  • Allows students to develop an understanding of themselves, empathy and the ability to work with others
  • Enhances student spiritual, moral, social and cultural (SMSC) development, their behaviour and safety and the school’s statutory responsibility to promote students’ wellbeing


 Personal, Social, Health and Citizenship Education is a compulsory part of the school curriculum and is delivered by all staff, alongside specialised staff and other outside agencies.

Students' PSHCE provision is delivered through extended registrations and 'Student Development Days'.    In Year 8 students also have a lesson of PSHCE once a fortnight.  A wide variety of resources and activities are used to deliver the topics. Visitors from theatre groups, NHS staff, charities, local business people and the wider community are involved in the days.


Student Development Registrations

Students in Years 10 and 11 follow a Student Development programme.   This covers the following topics, which contribute to students' provision of PSHCE:

  • Me, myself and I
  • Emotional wellbeing
  • Careers
  • Decision making
  • Infodemic
  • Changing behaviours
  • Careers
  • Money matters

Poynton High School & Performing Arts College

Yew Tree Lane, Poynton, Cheshire SK12 1PU

01625 871 811