Personal Development

Personal Development Overview

The development of our students' wider personal skills and character is at the centre of our curriculum, so it helps students improve their academic achievement and be thoughtful citizens that can make informed choices. Opportunities to develop in these areas are threaded throughout the curriculum which includes delivering the PSHE curriculum, covering the personal, social, health and economic education (PSHE) of students. This follows statutory guidance on drugs education, financial & careers guidance (CIAG), sex and relationships education (SRE) and the importance of physical activity and diet for a healthy lifestyle (healthy schools).

Included in the curriculum is spiritual, social, moral and cultural education (SMSC) covering fundamental British Values and the current issues of The Prevent Agenda.

All of the above is embedded into the curriculum and delivered through all subjects, particularly Ethics & Character lessons. The offer is enhanced through a series of deeper learning days, form time and assemblies.

British Values

Here at The King's School we recognise the multi-faith and multi-cultural make-up of the United Kingdom, and we believe that it is important to promote the inclusive values which make Britain great. We welcome all students entitled to education under British law, whatever their faith, ethnicity, political viewpoints, sexuality or gender.

We seek to promote British Values at The King's School through our curriculum, assemblies, form time and deeper learning days.


Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural knowledge gives students opportunities to reflect on their experiences and how they are developing. It helps them to understand and manage responsibly a range of behaviours as they mature.  It also helps them to show respect for the diversity of and differences between people.

SMSC is embedded throughout the curriculum in a variety of ways, for example, during form time, assemblies, within lessons, deeper learning days and co-curricular activities.

The King's School Identity

Our four values of Respect, Responsibility, Determination and Excellence form the core of what we call the The King's School Identity; the ‘golden thread’ which binds together all students who walk through our doors. These values reiterate positive attitudes to build character and encompass everything that we try to instil in our students on a daily basis to support them to become the best versions of themselves they can possibly be.