Curriculum for Life

Curriculum for Life and our school’s Character Virtues

Curriculum for Life is needed to prepare pupils for the ‘tests of life’ not just the ‘life of tests’.  We are all more than aware of the societal issues young people may face in life today such as anti-social behaviour, unemployment, deprivation, a decline in mental health, drug/alcohol abuse, gang culture, discrimination, crime, violence, county lines, and general unkindness.

Even when we look towards our local community of Leigh, there has been over 600 separate incidents of anti-social behaviour recorded within the last year. Never has there been a more important time for the education system to step up and act as that catalyst for positive change.

Within St Mary’s it is our absolute moral duty to ensure that we provide pupils with the essential knowledge, skills and character virtues they need to positively contribute to society and lead a flourishing life way beyond the gates of St Mary’s. Our provision has been guided by a community survey to which we had over 1000 responses. This has enabled us to create a curriculum that is absolutely responsive to the needs of the children we serve. Below are two videos that help explain our schools character virtues and also our Curriculum for life.

Personal Development at St Mary's



Our School's Character Virtues

Curriculum for Life - Discreet Curriculum and Sequence Year 7-13
CFL Overview 2022-2023


 Outreach with Birmingham University Jubilee Centre




Impact - What our School Community say about our Personal Development


Year 7 Transition and Summer School Impact

Y7 Transition and PD Conference Impact


RSHE, Personal Development and PSHE Policy