Personal Social and Health Education at Leweston aims to prepare our pupils for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of modern life. We promote pupils’ self-esteem and emotional well-being and help them to form and maintain worthwhile and satisfying relationships based on respect for themselves and for others at home, school and in the wider community.

Year 7 - 9

In Year 7 the girls learn the importance of working as a team and in groups and the two day Year 7 retreat to St.Gilda's consolidates these activities. With the support of our school matron we consider personal health issues such as hygiene, balancing school and leisure activities and the importance of healthy eating. Finally the girls learn about what a drug is and the law concerning the use of illegal drugs.

In Year 8 the girls learn about banks as part of the Financial Awareness Programme and about bullying. With the support of the school’s health professionals the girls discuss, the emotional changes young teenagers often experience as part of our Personal Well-being Programme.

In Year 9 the girls are introduced to the Cascaid Careers 'Launchpad' online programme in advance of their GCSE subject option selections in the spring.  Girls also complete a quiz which creates their own personal learning and thinking skills profile.

GCSE

In Year 10 the girls are guided through the process of writing a Curriculum Vitae as part of their careers programme. Continuing the Personal Well-being and Sexual Relationships Programme, the pupils view and discuss ‘The Baby-Borrowers’ BBC documentary: a unique social experiment which is designed to capture first-hand experiences of teenagers in various ‘parenting’ situations. The girls also discuss self-esteem, body image and positive female role models.

Sixth Form

When they join Year 12 the girls are introduced a programme of events designed to prepare them for the next phase of education. Each girl has access to Cascaid 'Careerscape' which allows them to research possible career and degree options, with links to UCAS and universities. The procedure for applying to UCAS, the choice of course and the selection of an appropriate university are explained. As part of our Citizenship programme the girls have a presentation on the subject of British Democracy and the electoral process in the UK.  As part of Leweston's commitment to safeguarding, all girls were given a basic induction on Child Protection and Safeguarding when they reach Year 13. This includes information on how to recognise some indicators of child abuse and what to do if they have any concerns.