As a Catholic school, personal development is at the heart of our mission and practice. All aspects of the curriculum are planned and delivered in a way which fulfils our mission statement to “develop each member of the school community in a way that allows all to fulfil their potential in the light of the teachings of Christ”. Personal development of students is supported in three major areas:
Personal development provision is the responsibility of all staff who plan and provide in class and out of class personal development activities but is supported specifically by a team which includes Year Progress Leaders, our Director of Careers, our Director of Ethos, strategically led and mapped by the Deputy Head with responsibility for this area.
IMPLEMENTATION: In-class provision
|In-Subject contribution to personal development||Bespoke in class experiences to support personal development|
|Whole school Command of Language agenda develops oracy and self-confidence across the curriculum
Links to careers made explicit in lessons
Student employer experiences within lessons
British values such as the development of democracy and importance of tolerance are explicit themes in the History curriculum across all key stages.
|All students undertake IAG sessions on a Friday afternoon. The cycle includes Learning (literacy and numeracy), Careers, Character Education and Health.
Rolling programme of RSE for all Key Stages through the 10:10 programme which develops students’ self-worth and healthy relationships through a progressive scheme.
Tutor time is used to promote an awareness of current affairs and to support debate on issues of relevance and concern to students.
Tutor time is used for prayer and for ethos activities which encourage students to see themselves as part of a local, national, and global community, in line with Pope Francis’ integrated ecology theology.
IMPLEMENTATION: additional support
IMPLEMENTATION: development of self-confidence and new skills
|In class||Extra-Curricular (some examples)|
|All departments feed into the whole school self-evaluation of this area and priorities are set annually.
Command of language
Well established and well planned transition programme for the incoming Year 7 and Year 12 students.
Bespoke support for university applications, including a specific focus and support for those applying to Oxbridge.
|Opportunities for extracurricular activities are provided by staff on a weekly basis, for example sports, music and debating.
YPLs and tutors support students and direct them to appropriate opportunities.
Registers of extra-curricular activities are kept to help school direct students to opportunities and to ensure disadvantaged students have equal access.
Cardinal Hume Outdoor Club runs a calendar of monthly outdoor activities from canoeing to gorge-walking. These are a combination of day, evening, and overnight trips. These can be subsidised by school, so no student misses out.
The Chaplain organises a retreat programme for students in Y8 and Y13 which allows all to take time to reflect on personal goals outside of the school context.
Opportunities to travel abroad with departments such as PE, MFL and History.
The Duke of Edinburgh programme and World Challenge are well supported by staff and students.
The mission of Cardinal Hume Catholic School is being achieved. Through their school journey, through faith, hard work, and kindness, we want our students develop from children into articulate and confident young people. They are acutely aware of the importance of their actions in the school and wider communities and are continually supported to develop the academic and personal skills required to be successful in the adult world. We equip our students with strategies and knowledge to help them make good choices when they face the inevitable challenges of life beyond their time at Cardinal Hume.
CAREERS – all students have a login for Unifrog :
EXTERNAL LINKS: Wider Opportunities
EXTERNAL LINKS: Supporting Progress
Key Stage 3
Key Stage 4