Key Stage 3

At Key Stage 3, pupils build on the skills, attitudes, values, knowledge and understanding they have acquired and developed during Key Stages 1 and 2. Our curriculum acknowledges and addresses the changes that young people are experiencing as a result of the challenges of adolescence and their increasing independence. Pupils are taught the skills which will equip them for the opportunities and challenges of life. They are encouraged to manage diverse relationships and the increasing influence of peers and the media. Our intention is to equip our pupils to be more confident in addressing the challenges of effective learning and making a full and active contribution to society. 

The PSHE curriculum at Valley Gardens is inclusive of the objectives in the new statutory guidance for Relationships and Sex Education and Health Education (September 2020).


Year 7 Health and Wellbeing: Physical Health and Mental Wellbeing

Mental health and emotional wellbeing; healthy lifestyle choices including diet, dental health, physical activity and sleep

Relationships: Diversity

Diversity, prejudice, stereotyping and bullying

Health and Wellbeing: Keeping Safe

Personal safety in and out of school, including first aid


Living in the Wider World: Skills, Aspirations and Employability

Careers, teamwork, enterprise skills, raising aspirations

Relationships: Identity and Relationships

Self-worth, romance and friendships (including online) and relationship boundaries

Health and Wellbeing: Growing and Changing

Healthy routines, influences on health, puberty, unwanted contact