PSHCE (Personal, Social, Health and Citizenship Education) is a very broad subject that covers everything schools do to promote pupils’ good health and well-being. Whereas many aspects of the programme are covered in other academic subjects, such as PE, Literature, Religious Education, Drama and Science, as well as experienced as part of boarding life at the school, Mowden Hall also runs a formal programme of study to ensure that certain key issues are addressed during the school year. The programme is co-ordinated by the Senior Master, Mr. Spencer in co-operation with the School Nurse, Mrs Laura Finney and Mrs Bailey, the Headmaster’s wife. Pupils learn about socially and morally responsible behaviour through classroom activities and discussion on the following topics:

  • Assemblies
  • “Zippo”
  • Circle time activities
Year 4
  • Informal discussions with form tutors
  • Assemblies
  • Drama
Year 5
  • Informal discussions with form tutors
  • Assemblies
  • Drama
Year 6
  • Peer pressure
  • Kenyan School Link
  • Rules and laws
  • Internet and personal safety
  • Puberty, sexuality and relationships
Year 7
  • Bullying
  • Communication skills
  • Recycling
  • Health and hygiene
  • The Media and their influence on behaviour
Year 8
  • Careers education
  • Drugs, alcohol and tobacco
  • Sexuality and relationships
  • Eating disorders, depression and mental health
  • Personal Finance


Discussion often follows issues raised by the pupils and members of the local community contribute to the programme as part of the school leavers’ programme. The school places particular emphasis on teaching all topics including sexuality and relationships in accordance with the ethos of the school. Speakers are invited to talk to staff, parents and pupils, for example the recent “Teenagers Translated” forums, by Janey Downshire.

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