At High Down Schools, PSHE is at the core of what we do and enables our children to become independent, confident, healthy and responsible members of society, as well as developing the “whole child” intellectually, morally, socially and spiritually. Through our whole-school approach to PSHE, it is our belief that excellence in these areas will lead to excellence across the curriculum and beyond in later life.

PSHE is taught across the school on a weekly basis and as a school, we follow the Jigsaw PSHE scheme. Our PSHE curriculum equips children with relevant and meaningful content, which is supported through a strong emphasis on emotional literacy, building resilience and nurturing mental and physical health. We aim to develop children who are reflective individuals who have strong awareness of their own wellbeing as well as an awareness of, and respect for, others. With an ever changing society, we are able to provide our children with a strong understanding of the diverse world around them and support them in playing a positive role in contributing to the school and the wider community.

Weaving through the heart of our PSHE teaching, is a commitment to enhancing and promoting our core values: Care and Kindness, Respect, Truth and Honesty, Optimism and Hopefulness and Creativity.


Relationships Education is designed to help children to have positive and safe relationships with family, friends and online. Health Education will help children to make good decisions about their health and wellbeing and enable them to know how to seek support if any health issues arise for themselves or others. We have reviewed our PSHE curriculum to make sure that our lessons meet the requirements that the government has set out for the content of Relationships and Health Education. We have also updated our Relationships and Sex Education policy to reflect the new statutory status for Relationships Education. The government guidance is also shared below.

DFE Guidance

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High Down Schools
Down Road, Portishead
Bristol BS20 6DY