St Columba's Catholic Boys' School

Humanities, PAs & PSHE

Humanities, Performing Arts and PSHE

School Motto: Tenui Nec Dimittam; “I have taken hold and will not let go”

Faculty Motto: “Taking hold of the challenges of today creatively, critically, historically and imaginatively”

Head of Faculty: Mr Warburton
Head of Geography: Mr Jackson
Head of Music: Mr Watson
Temporary PSHE Lead: Ms Myles
Teachers of Geography: Miss Solly; Mr Creighton (HoY 10)
Teachers of History: Mrs Loveday-Jones (AHT); Mr Sullivan (HoY 9); Miss Rovers
Teachers of Drama: Mr Warburton; Mr Tucker-Bell

Faculty Vision

‘A nation’s culture resides in the hearts and in the soul of its people.’ Gandhi

Our faculty places students’ ‘hearts and souls’ at the centre of all we do – it’s our ‘why’; making positive and meaningful relationships that fosters a true ‘love of learning’. We recognise the importance of making deep connections between subjects to promote students’ academic, personal and human growth. We take an unapologetic approach with insisting on high expectations and standards; celebrate positive achievements; promote a safe and dynamic classroom-climate through outstanding teaching and learning. We actively live-out the Gospel values, promoting love, kindness, acceptance, diversity, equality and tender-masculinity. Our learning ethos encourages honest reflection on our embodiment of the faculty’s professional standards: curiosity, collaboration, credibility, dynamism and trust.

Faculty Aims

  • ensure students are: Ready, Respectful and Safe: ready to learn; respectful to others and self; create a safe learning environment for all;
  • pursue collaborations with internal and external partners, to support the achievement of our core vision and goals;
  • provide opportunities for our students to be exposed to new cultures and broaden their cultural capital;
  • provide an over-arching structure for learning activities in the faculty;
  • raise the profile of the faculty within the school community and beyond;
  • ensure students work individually and collaboratively with others;
  • encourage students to extend their knowledge and understanding through project based learning and investigations;
  • provide opportunities for students to turn knowledge into personal understanding;
  • provide opportunities for students to explore, clarify and if necessary challenge, their own and others’ values, attitudes, beliefs, rights and responsibilities;
  • develop skills, language and strategies students need in order to live healthy, safe, fulfilling, responsible and balanced lives
  • ensure we value and fulfil the school’s vision of inclusivity and challenge and support for students of all abilities.

Humanities & PAs Curriculum Delivery

Please see the Music, History, Geography and Drama pages for details on programmes of study.

PSHE & Citizenship Curriculum:

Purpose of study: PSHE

PSHE education is a planned, developmental programme of learning through which students acquire the knowledge, understanding and skills they need to manage their lives now and in the future. As part of a whole-school approach, PSHE education develops the qualities and attributes pupils need to thrive as individuals, family members and members of society. PSHE education can help the Academy to reduce or remove many of the barriers to learning experienced by pupils, significantly improving their capacity to learn and achieve. The PSHE education programme makes a significant contribution to pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural (SMSC) development, their behaviour and safety and the school’s statutory responsibility to promote pupils’ well-being. In addition the learning provided through a comprehensive PSHE education provision is an essential to safeguarding pupils, as Ofsted has set out.

PSHE education equips pupils with the knowledge, understanding, skills and strategies required to live healthy, safe, productive, capable, responsible and balanced lives. It encourages them to be enterprising and supports them in making effective transitions, positive learning and career choices and in achieving economic well-being. A critical component of PSHE education is providing opportunities for children and young people to reflect on and clarify their own values and attitudes and explore the complex and sometimes conflicting range of values and attitudes they encounter now and in the future.

PSHE education contributes to personal development by helping pupils to build their confidence, resilience and self-esteem, and to identify and manage risk, make informed choices and understand what influences their decisions. It enables them to recognise, accept and shape their identities, to understand and accommodate difference and change, to manage emotions and to communicate constructively in a variety of settings. Developing an understanding of themselves, empathy and the ability to work with others will help pupils to form and maintain good relationships, develop the essential skills for future employability and better enjoy and manage their lives.

Purpose of Study: Citizenship

Education for citizenship equips students with the knowledge, skills and understanding to play an effective role in public life. Citizenship encourages them to take an interest in topical and controversial issues and to engage in discussion and debate. Students learn about their rights, responsibilities, duties and freedoms and about laws, justice and democracy. They learn to take part in decision-making and different forms of action. They play an active role in the life of their schools, neighbourhoods, communities and wider society as active and global citizens, with sound knowledge and understanding of the British Values:

British Values

According to Ofsted, ‘fundamental British values’ comprises:

  • democracy
  • the rule of law
  • individual liberty
  • mutual respect for and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs and for those without faith


PSHE is embedded through all subjects in the school, in particular Religious Education and pastoral assemblies. Additionally, students’ follow a discrete programme for RSE in their weekly extended tutor time called Ten Ten: Life to the Full, which fulfils the PSHE, RSE and Citizenship statuary guidance sensitively through the lens of Catholicism and Christianity: Ten Ten Resources | Catholic / Christian resources. Furthermore, we utilise quality teaching resources from the PSHE Associations and outside-agencies and companies, such as Little Fish and Alter-Ego.

Please see out RSE policy which includes a parent’s/carer’s ‘right to withdraw’.

See the programme of learning for 2021