Adolescence can be a challenging time for many, and we believe it is important for young people to be given the chance to explore a host of topics in an open and caring environment.
We aim to empower students so that they can make mature choices for themselves and be aware, vigilant and well informed of the world around them. To further these ends, pupils in Years 7 to 9 take part in Personal Health and Social Education (PHSE) and in Years 10-13 students follow a programme of Enrichment.
All students in Years 7 to 9 are introduced to topics such as study skills, healthy relationships, personal safety, substance misuse, child exploitation and how to be an active citizen.
There is also a focus on fundamental British values such as the rule of law, political rights and constitutional democracy.
The programme of Enrichment in Year 10 is taught weekly and delivered by subject specialists. It includes topics such as practical economics, study skills, sexual health, drugs and alcohol awareness, bullying/harassment, mental health and British values.
Similar themes are explored in Year 11 during “Field Day” in the Autumn Term.
In Sixth Form we cover topics which aim to prepare students for university and beyond such political engagement, street awareness, work-life balance, risky situations at university, the role of the media in the world, drug and alcohol awareness and global events.
Visiting speakers visit the School regularly to engage students with the world beyond West Buckland, such as Teenage Cancer Trust, Emma Cole (living with HIV), Angela Finlay (the role of art in rehabilitation), the North Devon Hospice and NHS Blood and Organ Donation.