Personal Development

British Values


British Values are intrinsically linked to the school’s mission statement, “learning together as a community in Christ”. By this we mean that the values of tolerance and consideration are embedded in our school community. The five identified values are:


         Rule of law

         Individual liberty

         Mutual respect

         Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs.

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Relationships and Sex Education (RSE)

Today’s children and young people are growing up in an increasingly complex world and living their lives seamlessly on and offline. This presents many positive and exciting opportunities, but also challenges and risks. In this environment, children and young people need to know how to be safe and healthy, and how to manage their academic, personal and social lives in a positive way.

Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) is now compulsory in all secondary schools, which is why at St. John Fisher we have invited Spectrum Health (A not-for-profit social enterprise, who provide healthcare services on behalf of the NHS and Public Health) to come in and deliver RSE to Years 7- 11. Years 7, 8, 10 and 11 each receive two sessions and Year 9 receive four.

Useful Documents

Sexual Health and Relationships Education (RSE): Year 9 sessions

RSE Topics

SMSC – Empowering young people for a stronger society

Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural (SMSC) development is the over-arching umbrella that encompasses personal development across the whole curriculum. It involves educating your children to be the best versions of themselves and to become well-rounded and informed citizens of tomorrow. Strong evidence shows that promoting SMSC in schools can contribute to raising academic standards and improving children’s life chances in modern Britain.

At St John Fisher High School, we are committed to promoting the following aspects:


Explore beliefs and experience; respect faiths, feelings and values; enjoy learning about oneself, others and the surrounding world; use imagination and creativity; reflect.

Recognise right and wrong; respect the law; understand consequences; investigate moral and ethical issues; offer reasoned views.

Investigate and moral issues; appreciate diverse viewpoints; participate, volunteer and cooperate; resolve conflict; engage with the fundamental values of British democracy.

Appreciate cultural influences; appreciate the role of Britain’s parliamentary system; participate in culture opportunities; understand, accept, respect and celebrate diversity.

According to the government: “SMSC is the training of good human beings, purposeful and wise; themselves with a vision of what it is to be human and the kind of society that makes that possible.” Hansard, 2006.

At St John Fisher High School we recognise and firmly believe that the development of our pupils, spiritually, morally, socially and culturally plays a significant part not only in their ability to learn and achieve, but in their ability to relate fully to, and have the ability to access, the world they live in. We therefore aim to provide an education that provides children with opportunities to explore and develop their own values. We aim to nurture and develop the whole person so that they contribute positively as responsible and considerate future global citizens. They achieve this through the SMSC form time curriculum, extra-curricular opportunities and the guidance we provide, supports the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of all our students.

As a result of this work, we expect from our students:

  • An understanding of how they as citizens, in our school and in their local community, can bring about influence through a democratic process

  • An understanding regarding the rule of law and how it aims to protect individuals and the need for it to ensure the safety and wellbeing of all

  • An understanding of the freedom of choice, particularly related to choice regarding faith and beliefs, and how these choices are protected in law

  • An acceptance of others who hold differing beliefs, faiths and opinions and that tolerance is required and how discriminatory or prejudicial behaviour is against the values and ethos of this school but also is against the law

  • An understanding of the world around them and how to function beyond secondary education.

Useful Documents

Health Curriculum

Living in the Wider World Curriculum Map

Where to access support