St Ambrose RC Primary School - PHSE Curriculum Intent

 “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path.” (Psalm 119:105)

At St Ambrose, we reflect the National Curriculum aims:

  • Through the teaching of PHSE, the children learn and develop communication skills necessary for learning and life
  • Promotes high expectations and standards in reading, writing and maths
  • Learning is memorable and provides diverse and SMSC rich opportunities from which children learn and develop a range of transferable skills.

In this subject:

At St Ambrose, in PHSE, learning is a sacred experience; we make Christ known and provide opportunities for children to develop as independent, confident and successful learners.  Our children have high aspirations, and they know how to make a positive and transformational contribution to their community and wider society.

PHSE teaching and learning are rooted in Catholic Social Teaching principles (inspired by Pope Francis's example).  In PHSE, we raise aspirations and engender a sense of personal pride in achievement.  We provide a purpose and relevance for learning to ultimately help every student find their gifts, talents, strengths, and interests.

We encourage all pupils to respect each other and have respect for themselves and the environment.  Our children respect people of all faiths, races and gender, and we ensure that our children are well prepared for life in a rapidly changing world.

Our children are advocates for social justice who are adaptable to any social context.   

 In God's family, we grow and learn in love, hope and faith.


RHE Consultation

In the academic year 2021/22, Relationships Education and Health Education will become statutory in all primary schools in England.  This new subject will build on the non-statutory lessons we have previously taught in RSE.

As a Catholic school, our mission is to support the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of all of our pupils, rooted in the wisdom and teaching of the Church. Children's education in human sexuality is an important, precious and privileged responsibility.  The Church teaches us that this is very much a partnership with parents, in which parents are the ‘first educators of their children on these matters; ultimately, you confer on us the right to co-educate your children with you.

Our Diocese has approved life to the Full.  Furthermore, Ten Ten have entered into a partnership with the Catholic Education Service and the Department for Education to provide training for teachers in Catholic schools on the subject of the new statutory curriculum. Therefore, we are confident that this programme is a very good fit for our school.

We would like to have your feedback on our approach, particularly on the key decisions we need to take regarding teaching certain topics.  To this end, we have opened a consultation period during which we welcome your feedback.

Ten-Ten has provided an Online Parent Portal. This is a simple-to-follow, short online course that:

  • Outlines the statutory changes that will take place.

  • Articulates a vision for Catholic Relationships and Health Education.

  • Explains how Life to the Full aims to help us fulfil the statutory curriculum with a Catholic ethos.

  • Provides some information about key decisions we need to make in consultation with parents.

  • Answers some Frequently Asked Questions.

To take part in the consultation, please access the Parent Online Portal here:


The documents below will offer further support and guidance:

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