Personal Development and Character Education

Education for character is already integral to the work of excellent schools.

We make no apology for rigorous and stretching academic education on the one hand and outstanding wider personal development on the other that we offer. All aspects of the school’s work all contribute to forming well-educated and rounded young adults ready to take their place in the world.


We have a statutory duty, as part of a broad and balanced curriculum, to promote the spiritual, moral, social, and cultural (SMSC) development of our students and prepare them for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life

Character education contributes to this duty to promote SMSC.


The Relationships, Sex and Health Education Statutory Guidance (which applies to all state funded schools) makes clear that this is most effective when schools also actively promote good behaviour and positive character traits, including for example courtesy, respect, truthfulness, courage and generosity.

Schools have an important role in the fostering of good mental wellbeing among young people so that they can fulfil their potential at school and are well prepared for adult life. Schools with clear expectations on behaviour and with well-planned provision for character and personal development can help promote good mental wellbeing.