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Ensuring that Personal Development is at the heart of what we do at Rowsley C of E Primary School is paramount in our belief that all of our children to feel happy, safe and confident. We pride ourselves on a whole school approach to promoting the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical developments of our pupils. We believe it is crucial to help prepare pupils for their future, teaching them to understand how to engage with society and providing them with plentiful opportunities to do so. We aim for ALL of our pupils to leave Rowsley not only fully equipped and prepared for life ahead but with all the life skills to allow them to 'Live life in all it's fullness' John 10:10.

The school recognises that there are six key areas of development that are interrelated and cumulatively contribute to the sum of a child’s cultural capital:

  1. Personal Development
  2. Social Development, including political and current affairs awareness
  3. Physical Development
  4. Spiritual Development
  5. Moral Development
  6. Cultural development

"Pupils enjoy school and feel happy and safe. One child said: ‘This is an inclusive school. Everyone has a chance to do everything.’ Inspectors agree. Leaders know the families well. Parents and carers are highly supportive of the school. One parent wrote, ‘It is a truly wonderful school that my child looks forward to attending every day.’ This comment was typical of parents’ views".

Ofsted Nov 22


        Personal development

  1. Strong sense of community and Christian Values through our daily Collective worship and whole school provision;
  2. Weekly Forest School sessions for ALL of our pupils
  3. Personal, Social, Citizenship and Health Education provision;
  4. The school’s wider pastoral framework;
  5. Transition support;
  6. Work to develop confidence, e.g. role play, supporting peers, positive play interventions;
  7. Activities focused on building self-esteem, teamwork and resilience;
  8. Mental Health & well-being provision.

       Social Development

  1. Weekly Forest School sessions for ALL of our pupils
  2. Volunteering and charitable work – eg. raising funds for NSPCC; choir singing at Christmas for elderly in a local residential home
  3. Pupil Voice – School Council, Play Leaders (KS2);
  4. Early Help Provision;
  5. Pastoral support from all staff but also from specially trained staff.

         Physical Development

  1. The Physical Education curriculum;
  2. Weekly Forest School sessions for ALL of our pupils
  3. Healthy Eating policies and catering provision;
  4. Anti-bullying and safeguarding policies and strategies, including the child-friendly poster, taking part in National Anti-bullying and SG initiatives;
  5. The Health Education dimension of the PSHE curriculum, including strands on healthy eating, drugs, smoking and alcohol;
  6. The extra-curricular clubs related to sports and well-being;
  7. The celebration of sporting achievement;
  8. Activity-based educational visits;
  9. Design and Technology units related to food preparation and nutrition;
  10. Opportunities to participate in community events eg sporting events;

       Spiritual Development

  1. The Religious Education Curriculum;
  2. Daily Collective Worship
  3. Support for the expression of individual faiths;
  4. Visits to religious buildings and centres;
  5. Focus on pupils individual Spirituality
  6. Weekly Forest School sessions

     Moral Development

  1. Strong promotion of our school Christian values;
  2. Assemblies to promote human rights, global issues and special festivals and culturally important events.
  3. The Religious Education Curriculum;
  4. The school’s Behaviour Policy;
  5. Contributions to local, national and international charitable projects including our link to India;
  6. Personal Development Awards (Bronze, Silver and Gold)
  7. Courageous Advocacy 

    Cultural Development

  1. Citizenship education through PSHE;
  2. Our link with Bhowanipur School in Kolkata, India.
  3. Arts education including Music, Drama, Dance and Art;
  4. Access to the languages and cultures of other countries through the curriculum (both Foundation and Core subjects);
  5. Promotion of racial equality and community cohesion through the school’s ethos, informing all policy and practice.
  6. Each curriculum area makes its own contribution to children’s cultural capital development and supports SMSC across the school.


         Please see our school Personal Development Brochure for further information.