Head of Citizenship

Mrs K Cook 


What is Citizenship?

Citizenship education is about helping young people understand the rights and responsibilities they have as members of society. It recognises and builds on the excellent work that already goes on in many primary, special and secondary schools, and makes it an entitlement for all students. It is an opportunity to develop the sort of activities that inspired many teachers to join the teaching profession.

What is Citizenship at Key Stage 3

Citizenship at Key Stage 3 enables students to develop the knowledge, skills and understanding to become informed, active and responsible members of local, national and global communities. The curriculum is relevant to students, connecting their interests and experiences, and relating to their backgrounds. It also provides students with the opportunities to address real-life issues and show they can make a difference.

What Citizenship is at Key Stage 4

Citizenship at Key Stage 4 is more than just an extension of the knowledge, skills and understanding gained at Key Stage 3. It lays the foundations for the future, where young people will continue to develop their Citizenship skills and have increasing opportunities to put into practice what they have learnt about being active citizens. During Key Stage 4 students take increasing responsibility for their own learning and become increasingly independent (learning to learn). They play a significant part in the life of the school, contributing to decision-making and realising that participation in the organisation of the school contributes to their own achievements and to those of others.


At Key Stage 3: 

  • Students have one discrete Citizenship/PSHE lesson per fortnight.
  • It is also delivered across the curruculum by all subjects
  • It is incorporated across the whole school through the school council and house system. 

At Key Stage 4:

  • It is delivered across the curriculum by all subjects.
  • It is incorporated across the whole school through the school council and house system.
  • Students have one extra lession per half term.

Citizenship is delivered by:

  • Enthusiastic teachers.
  • A variety of theatre companies.
  • Outside agencies, for example OutCry.
  • The local Primary Health Care Trust nurses.