Your child’s class teacher plays an important role in teaching this vital part of the curriculum. As a school, we follow the SEAL (Social and emotional aspects of learning) programme. There are lessons each week where children discuss PSHEE issues with their teacher and classes hold regular Circle Time sessions and class council sessions. We hold a Healthy Mind and Body Week, each year, in the Summer Term when children learn more about citizenship and their role as a member of the community, healthy living, personal safety, families and relationships, drug awareness and the human body.
Our health education programme also forms an integrated part of the Science and PE Curriculums and PSHEE issues arise naturally in English and RE lessons and permeate the way we learn together. Our school is working towards the London Healthy Schools Award which demonstrates our commitment to developing the physical and emotional health and well-being of all of our children.
In encouraging a healthy lifestyle, we ask all pupils and parents to do their best to walk to school or use sustainable transport. We have a large space to store bicycles and scooters and many bus routes serve St. Mary’s. Additionally, Clapham Common Tube station is less than 5 minutes walk from the school.
As well as helping children to learn about being a good citizen and part of a community, our School Council aims to involve every child in school life and helps to get everybody involved in making the school a better place for all. The School Council has been instrumental in establishing many new initiatives for all pupils.
Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) is part of the PSHEE curriculum. We recognise that it is the right of parents to inform and educate in all matters concerning sexual development. We also recognise that parents need the support of the Christian community in this sensitive task. At St Mary’s RSE takes the form of a programme which is related to the age and maturity of the children being taught, the demands of the National Curriculum and the context of Christ’s teaching on love, marriage and the sanctity of life. Parents have the right to withdraw their child from RSE lessons (if it is not part of the Science curriculum) by writing to the Headteacher.
Respectful, caring relationships are fostered between staff and pupils, so that children’s attitudes are strengthened by their experiences of life in school.