Citizenship is an integral part of our spiritual, moral, social, cultural, (SMSC), health and careers education which makes up the core of the personal development of students that we strive for here at Amery Hill. These elements make up a fundamental part of life within the school and is a responsibility taken on by all staff who ensure it underpins all aspects of our school community. The aims of this programme are to ensure all students become:
- Successful learners, who enjoy learning, make progress and achieve
- Confident individuals who are able to lead safe, healthy and fulfilling lives
- Responsible citizens who make a positive contribution to modern British society
A key part of this personal development programme are the weekly focus discussion and Focus Days which enable students the opportunity to explore important issues in more depth through the guidance of tutors and outside agencies. These sessions encourage students to learn/think about issues which will support them developing into well rounded individuals, ready to take on the challenges of life and offer an opportunity to engage with the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.
Amery Hill works closely with the Careers Service to make sure that all Amery Hill students have the best possible support in careers education throughout the transition process. Guidance is given throughout a student’s time at Amery Hill and this is enhanced with the ‘Infinity Week’ in Year 10 where students can develop and demonstrate skills and attitudes that will allow them to participate fully in and contribute positively to life in modern Britain.
The SMSC aspect of the personal development programme is delivered in a cross-curriculum manner, with extra lessons supported by outside agencies and school staff. Assemblies are also an important part of delivering key messages to students about SMSC and Citizenship and these are held weekly with a link to a whole school ‘thought for the week’ which ensure students are given the opportunity to consider a vast list of moral and ethical issues.