The Relationships and Sex Education and Health Education Curriculum at St Mary's 

There are changes afoot in the way that RSHE is taught in schools and from the summer term 2021 (amended date due to COVID 19) the teaching of relationship education and health education are compulsory. We are currently reviewing the way in which RSHE is taught at Saint Mary’s and will be sharing more information on this very soon.


At Saint Mary’s, we pride ourselves on the importance we place on the mental and physical wellbeing of our pupils. We have decided to focus on the mental wellbeing portion of the RSHE curriculum during terms one and two across the entire school as we learn to adapt to our ‘new normal’ during the current pandemic. Please click the programme of study button for more information on the objectives that are covered through the teaching of RSHE.

Health and Wellbeing Days

During the 2019/2020 academic year we held two wellbeing days. One focused on the physical wellbeing of pupil whilst the other had a mental wellbeing focus. Children took part in a range of activities such as yoga, fitness session, sandwich making, eating like a scientist, Lectio Divina and mindful breathing.


We are very excited to be involved in the Camerados school pilot project. Camerados has six principles (see below) which we will be exploring and embedding over the course of this year.

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Protected Characteristics 

No matter what type of school they attend, it is important that all children leave with an understanding of the world they are growing up in, having learned how to live alongside, and show respect for, a diverse range of people. Children should develop age-appropriate knowledge and understanding of the protected characteristics during their time at the school.

The Equality Act identifies 9 protected characteristics. It makes it unlawful to harass or discriminate against a person because they have one of these characteristics, are believed to have one of these characteristics or they are associated with someone who has one of these characteristics.


These characteristics are as follows:

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At Saint Mary’s, we endeavour to educate our young people about the protected characteristics in an age and stage appropriate way. This teaching often links in with our RE and RSHE curriculums. Teaching staff think carefully about what needs to be discussed and when in the primary phase to discuss it. 

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