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 8

Health and Wellbeing: Physical Health and Mental Wellbeing

Self-image; body image and media manipulation; body image and coping strategies; developing digital resilience


Relationships: Diversity

Discrimination in all forms, including: racism, religious discrimination, disability, discrimination, sexism, homophobia, biphobia and transphobia


Health and Wellbeing: Keeping Safe

Drug and alcohol misuse and pressures relating to drug use


Living in the Wider World: Skills, Aspirations and Employability

Equality of opportunity in careers and life choices, and different types and patterns of work


Relationships: Identity and Relationships

Gender identity, sexual orientation, consent, ‘sexting’

Health and Wellbeing: Growing and Changing

Digital literacy and bias; dealing with change; transition