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Saint John Houghton Catholic Voluntary Academy

Learning without limits

Learning For Life

At Saint John Houghton the Learning for Life curriculum enables our students to become healthy, independent and responsible members of society. As well as tackle many of the moral, social and cultural issues that our students face growing up. We encourage our pupils to play a positive role in contributing to the life of the school and the wider community.


We believe the purpose of the Learning for Life curriculum is to build where appropriate on the statutory content outlined in the PSHE National Curriculum i.e. sex and relationship education. We also tailor our topics to reflect the needs of our students in our school setting. At Saint John Houghton all students in Year 7 to 9 will study several PSHE and Safeguarding topics during their time with us. The topics will be stand -alone topics such as Radicalisation and extremism but also build on the knowledge they learn in other subject areas i.e. topics on drugs, relationships and internet safety. 


Through our PSHE and SMSC curriculum at Saint John Houghton we recognise our duty to ‘actively promote’ and provide opportunity for our students to understand the fundamental British Values (Democracy, The Rule of Law, Individual Liberty, Mutual Respect and Tolerance) first set out by the Government in the ‘Prevent’ strategy in 2014, for those with different faiths and beliefs in order for them to become fair, tolerant and confident adults in a forever challenging world. We strive to deliver our Learning for Life curriculum, within the Catholic ethos of the school and aim to reflect our mission - “Inspiring ambition and excellence, guided by Christ”, in all that we do to serve the young people in our care.