School Vision

‘We seek to transform the lives of our children within a Christian environment, nurturing the wellbeing of each child, promoting the highest academic achievement and instilling a lifelong love of learning.’


I alone know the plans I have for you; plans for the future you hope for. Jeremiah 29:11

God’s plans for us are limitless. He knows us best and plans for us to reach our unique and individual potential, shaped in the palm of His hand. This potential may reveal itself when we least expect it, just like God’s love being revealed to us. We believe that we are shaping children, not just in the present, but also for the future – enabling them to be global citizens in God’s rapidly changing world, celebrating life in all its fullness.


 At Christ Church we believe that PSHE is an integral part of the curriculum as the skills learnt will equip them for their futures and they will become active members of society. Through our distinctly Christian vision, we aim to provide a environment which will enable each child to grow in understanding to reach their potential: spiritually, emotionally, intellectually, morally, physically, and socially.

Through their understanding of PSHE, children will be able to succeed in many different areas of the curriculum and throughout life as the learned skills are transferrable.


By the end of their time at Christ Church, children should:

  • Have a respect for God and each other through the ethos of the school community
  • Know and understand what constitutes a healthy lifestyle
  • Understand what makes for good relationships with others
  • Have respect for others regardless of race, gender, and mental and physical disability
  • Be independent and responsible members of the school community
  • Develop self-confidence and self-esteem and make informed choices regarding personal and social issues
  • Develop good relationships with other members of the school and the wider community of Sowerby Bridge
  • Prepare children for the opportunities, responsibilities, and experiences of adult life
  • Raise pupils’ confidence and self-esteem


At Christ Church, every class follows the PSHE SCARF Scheme of Work and through this curriculum, we cover the National Curriculum guidance for PSHE. PSHE is also to be addressed daily as questions and incidents arise. At times, teachers may choose to hold a circle-time session in response to a particular event or issue. Whole school assemblies will provide extra opportunities to enhance pupils’ spiritual, moral, social, and cultural development, promoting our school’s Christian values and celebrating achievement. Teaching Activities will be planned according to the different levels of children’s skills and previous knowledge. A range of teaching strategies and learning styles will be used in delivering this policy with an emphasis is placed on active learning.


These will include:      

  • Class discussion
  • Role-play and drama
  • Visits and visitors when appropriate
  • Group work

Pupils are supported in applying the skills they are learning, in real-life situations as they arise: e.g.: resolving conflicts; working a part of a group on a project.

Children will learn a range of skills based on the following areas:

  • Me and My Relationships
  • Valuing Difference
  • Keeping Myself Safe
  • Rights and Responsibilities
  • Being My Best
  • Growing and Changing


Following the implementation of the broad and balanced PSHE curriculum at Christ Church, children will be respectful, independent, responsible, and confident members of society within Sowerby Bridge and the wider world. They will be equipped with tools to maintain healthy and positive lifestyles regarding relationships, diet, and their own personal identity. As they

become more confident throughout the areas of PSHE and progress in the related skills, children will understand their personal role in society. The most significant impact that we want for our pupils, is the development of respect for themselves and others.


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