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The Bishop of Winchester Academy

The Bishop
of Winchester

PSHE & Base Camp


‘The Bishop’s’ PSHE education aims to help students to develop the knowledge, skills and attributes they need to manage many of the opportunities, challenges and responsibilities they will face as they mature into adulthood. It intends that students are taught how to stay safe, be healthy and build self-esteem, resilience, empathy and become confident members of their community. Life skills that are covered at ‘The Bishop’ can support students understanding and knowledge of how to tackle barriers to learning, raise aspirations and the life chances for all.

The overarching concepts for PSHE at ‘The Bishop’ are:

  1. Physical health and mental wellbeing
  2. Relationships and sex education
  3. Living in the wider world

The very nature of PSHE is that it is not an exam subject. Topics covered in PSHE lessons do not have formal GCSE qualifications; however assessment for learning opportunities are built in and are also enhanced with self-evaluation and reflective chances. All students at ‘The Bishop’ have an hour of PSHE each week.

Evidence suggests that effective PSHE programmes address teenage pregnancy, substance misuse, unhealthy eating, lack of physical activity, and improved emotional and mental health. The skills and attributes developed throughout PSHE education are also shown to increase academic attainment and attendance rates, particularly among students from disadvantaged socio-economic backgrounds. This in turn improves employability and boosts social mobility

The PSHE curriculum at ‘The Bishop’ will positively impact wellbeing, safeguarding and SMSC outcomes; ensuring that all students are able to develop the knowledge, skills and attributes they need to succeed at school and in the wider world.

Please click here to review the PSHE Overview statement

Base Camp

At our Academy, we recognise that proper preparation is essential for our students’ success on any extensive journey. With this in mind, students at the Academy are trained to prepare for their journey ahead through the “Bishop Base Camp”. These sessions, which run in our ACWs (acts of collective worship) and through workshop activities in mentor time, are designed to help students hone the soft skills, habits and mindset that they will need to succeed in the academic year and beyond.

The sessions begin by exploring the characteristics that Bishop students are proud to hold and which will set them up for success, considering how each student can hold the qualities in our Learning Applications (Lapps). Additional sessions run throughout the year covering vital topics such as study skills, understanding how our brains and memory works, and how best to look after ourselves and each other on the journey. The programme lets students reflect on the progress that they have already made in previous years of their education, and plan to face the new challenges that lie ahead, helping students gain skills that lead to success and which employers and universities desire in their candidates.

In all, this exciting programme has been tailored to support our students and help them thrive so that they can live life to the full.

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  • Diocese of Winchester