Key Stage 3 PSHCE

Personal Social Health and Citizenship Education at Archbishop Holgate’s School equips pupils with the knowledge, skills and guidance to live healthy and fulfilled lives, and empowers them to become responsible citizens, both during their school years and beyond.

“Be the change you want to see in the world.” Mahatma Gandhi

Course description

PSHCE is a valuable subject that pupils are required to study throughout their time at AHS. The main aims of PSHCE at AHS are to:

  • Encourage pupils to stay as healthy as possible, both mentally and physically;
  • Promote respect and understanding of the differences between people in society;
  • Develop the qualities and attributes pupils need to thrive as individuals, family members and members of society;
  • Foster an understanding of the way in which society functions in the UK;
  • Prepare pupils for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life.

A wide range of topics are covered in PSHCE at AHS:

  • Healthy lifestyles & personal wellbeing, including Sex Education;
  • Diversity and inclusion;
  • Respect for our environments;
  • Human Rights;
  • Wealth & poverty;
  • Careers;
  • Family & relationships;
  • Emergency aid;
  • UK politics and democracy;
  • Economic understanding.

The Archbishop of York Young Leaders Award at KS3

As part of the PSHCE programme at AHS, all KS3 pupils take part in the Young Leaders Award. This award equips young people with the leadership qualities to bring about change in their local communities and develops a passion in pupils for helping others.

There are 3 parts to the award:

  1. School-based project: Pupils will carry out a project which will make a positive difference in school;
  2. Personal project: Pupils will carry out a personal volunteering project which will make a difference to the life of someone else;
  3. Community project: Pupils will demonstrate their ability to work successfully as part of a community.

Pupils’ achievements are celebrated in a Young Leader’s Award presentation evening at which each pupil who is successful in completing their award will be presented with a certificate and badge by the Archbishop of York.


Apart from the Young Leaders Award, there is no formal assessment in PSHCE. We do, nonetheless, have high expectations of effort and participation from every pupil because of the subject’s value in preparing pupils for their future lives.

Ways to help my child succeed

Please encourage your child to take an active interest in the world around them, both on a local, national and international scale. This might be through watching the news, reading newspapers or by discussing topical issues at home. The greater a young person’s awareness of society, the more effective a role they can play in it.

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