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PSHE & Humanities


At St Matthias Park we aim to provide students with access to a Personal Social and Health education curriculum that enables them to develop the knowledge, skills and attributes they need to keep themselves healthy and safe, and prepare for life and work in modern Britain.


Our Programme of Study for PSHE develops skills and attributes such as resilience, self-esteem, risk-management, team-working and critical thinking within the context of students’ learning which is grouped into three core themes:

  • Physical and Mental Health and wellbeing
  • Relationships
  • Living in the wider world

(The relationships and health aspects of PSHE education will be compulsory in all schools from 2020.)

PSHE at St Matthias has a key role to play in promoting student wellbeing and safeguarding them from risk. Our curriculum is designed to maximise opportunities for students to develop awareness and understanding of key issues that can affect their wellbeing and safety through the exploration of key safeguarding issues within the curriculum at both KS3 and KS4.

These topics include:

  • Bullying, including cyberbullying and prejudice-based bullying
  • Racist, disabilist, and homophobic or transphobic abuse
  • Radicalisation and extremist behaviour
  • Child Sexual Exploitation
  • Sexting and inappropriate use of Social Media.
  • Substance misuse
  • Gang activity and youth violence
  • Domestic violence,
  • Female genital mutilation,
  • Forced marriage
  • Mental Health


Students also get the opportunity to study for additional qualifications:

  • KS3: AQA Entry Level 1,2,3 award/certificate PSHE qualification.
  • KS4: Level 1/2 AQA Award/Certificate PSHE qualification.



At St Matthias Park we aim to provide students with access to a full Humanities curriculum of History, Geography and Religious Studies that inspires in students a curiosity and fascination about the world, it’s past and its people. We encourage students to develop a greater understanding of the world they live in and the people they share it with.

Our Humanities curriculum also plays a key role in promoting the spiritual, moral, social and cultural, development of students at the school, preparing students for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life.


At KS3 students are taught a mixture of cross curricular and subject specific units which provide opportunities for them to achieve the key aims of the National Curriculum within History and Geography and The Locally Agreed Syllabus for RE. Topics include: Community and Environment, Conflict, Risky World and Big Questions.

In the History element of Humanities, students have the opportunity to:

Develop a chronologically secure knowledge and understanding of British, local and world history, so that it provides a well-informed context for wider learning.

This includes:

  • Identifying significant events, making connections, drawing contrasts, and analysing trends within periods and over long arcs of time.
  • Using historical terms and concepts in increasingly sophisticated ways.
  • Pursuing historically valid enquiries and creating relevant, structured and evidentially supported accounts in response.
  • Understanding how different types of historical sources are used rigorously to make historical claims and discern how and why contrasting arguments and interpretations of the past have been constructed.

In the Geography element of Humanities students have the opportunity to:

Develop their knowledge of location; using maps of the world to focus on key continents, their environmental regions, key physical and human characteristics, countries and major cities.

Develop their knowledge of place; to understand geographical similarities, differences and links between places through the study of human and physical geography of a particular region

Develop their knowledge and understanding of Human and Physical Geography; to understand the key processes in: Physical geography (e.g: plate tectonics; rocks, weathering and soils) and Human geography (e.g: population and urbanisation, international development) and to understand how human and physical processes interact to influence and create change.

Develop Geographical and Fieldwork skills; including using globes, maps and atlases. Interpreting ordnance survey maps, aerial and satellite photographs. Using geographical information systems (GIS) to view, analyse and interpret places and data. Collect, analyse and draw conclusions from geographical data, using multiple sources of increasingly complex information.

In the Religious Studies element of Humanities students have the opportunity to:

Develop knowledge and understanding of different religions and beliefs (Christianity, Sikhism, Buddhism and Humanism); including: beliefs, practices and sources of authority, influence on individuals, communities and societies, similarities and differences within and/or between different religions and beliefs.

Analyse and evaluate aspects of religion and belief, including their significance and influence on individuals and in the wider world.


Students in KS4 follow a similar  programme of study to KS3; a mixture of cross curricular and subject specific units providing opportunities for students to achieve the key aims of the National Curriculum within History and Geography and The Locally Agreed Syllabus for RE at KS4.


This links directly to the mainstream secondary curriculum for those returning to school and provides the contextual knowledge required for subjects such as English Language and Literature. For example an historical understanding of the Victorian era supports contextual understanding of 19th century texts such as A Christmas Carol in English Literature.


We do not currently offer GCSE qualifications in Humanities subjects. However, the development of a GCSE RE course is currently under consideration.