Welcome to Citizenship

We feel it is important that our pupils leave school with an understanding of the political, legal and economic functions of adult society, and with the social and moral awareness to thrive in it.

The Citizenship course aims to enable our young people to make their own decisions and to take responsibility for their own lives and their communities. It ensures that pupils have the opportunity to become: aware of their rights and responsibilities as citizens; informed about the social and political world; concerned about the welfare of others; articulate in their opinions and arguments; capable of having an influence on the world; active in their communities and responsible in how they act as citizens.

We make sure that the issues which we cover in Citizenship lessons are real and topical, often using different media as stimulus for discussion and activities. The topics are sometimes sensitive, often controversial but ultimately link to what people think is right or wrong, good or bad, important or unimportant in society.

In Year 7 pupils study the following Citizenship topics:

You and your values – Right and Wrong
Britain’s Justice System and Government
Community and Diversity
Children’s Rights in the UK and across the globe
Personal Finance – Budgeting, Banks and Building Societies and Accounts

In Year 8 the Citizenship course covers:

Other Cultures and Other Lifestyles
Your values – Where do you stand?
You and the law –The police
You and the community taking action
The development of UK democracyEurope
The Role of the Monarchy
Speaking your mind

In Year 9 we look at the following issues:

It’s Your Council - Local Government
Political Parties
Racism Prejudice and Discrimination
Human Rights
Personal Finance – Debit and Credit Cards, PIN numbers and Identity Theft
Identity and Diversity in Britain
Crime and Punishment

In Year 10 the Citizenship scheme includes:

Law and the Youth Justice System
The UK's Role in the World - The EU, The UN, NATO and The Commonwealth
Working for Change - Pressure Groups and Active Citizenship
It’s Your Government – The Legislature, Executive and the Judiciary
Different Electoral Systems in and beyond the UK.
Personal Finance – Savings, Interest, budgeting and tax

In Year 11 the topics studied are:

Challenging Offensive Behaviour -  Sexism and Homophobia
Rights and Responsibilities – Freedoms from local to global
Government – Other systems and forms beyond the UK
Personal Finance – Payslips, Finance and Debt