Peterchurch Primary School

Personal Development

Our school aims to: 

  • Provide high-quality pastoral support 
  • Provide a wide range of opportunities to nurture, develop and stretch pupils’ talents and interests. Pupils appreciate these and make good use of them 
  • Prepare pupils for life in modern Britain effectively, developing their understanding of the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, tolerance and respect 
  • Promote equality of opportunity and diversity effectively 
  • Provide pupils with meaningful opportunities to understand how to be responsible, respectful, active citizens who contribute positively to society 
  • Enhance pupils' SMSC development 

Peterchurch Primary School teaches personal development in a wide range of ways throughout the children’s school lives. For example: 

School-wide policy and practice 

  • An inclusive environment 
  • Adults act as role models 
  • Behaviour Policy

Enrichment opportunities 

  • A good range of after-school clubs e.g., dance, creative writing, coding, sport, arts and craft, choir, ukulele, gardening, forest school, swimming
  • 1:1 drumming, ukulele and guitar lessons
  • Competitive intra-school sporting events (Hockey, Football, Girls Football, Netball, Cricket, Swimming)
  • Sports day
  • Forest School
  • Race 4 Life
  • Basic First Aid
  • Science week
  • Enterprise scheme
  • Culture Day
  • Y6 residential to Kilvough (Geography, Science, social skills, team building links)
  • Y5 residential to Trewern (outdoor hikes, caving, gorge walking, climbing, orienteering, team building)
  • Years 3 & 4 outdoor adventurous activities at Woodlands
  • World Book Day
  • Safer Internet Day
  • Children's mental health week (Yoga instructor)
  • Whole school Art Day
  • Exploring your world day (nurse, mindfullness, farming, cooking)
  • Hay Festival – reading/literature
  • Curriculum visits (e.g. Fire station, Butterfly Zoo, small breeds, Woodlands)
  • Comic Relief and Children in Need
  • Pets as Therapy Dog Amber (weekly visits)


  • Online safety 
  • British values 
  • Diversity 
  • School values 
  • Celebration of pupil achievements 

Opportunities to perform 

  • Music performance assemblies 
  • YR,1&2 Nativity performance
  • Y3&4 Harvest performance
  • Y5&6 End of year performance 
  • Services in the church: Harvest, Christmas, Easter 

Leadership roles for pupils 

  • Pupil School Council
  • Eco Council 
  • Librarians 
  • Playground Leaders 
  • House Captains 

Visitors to the school 

  • Reverend Simon from the local church
  • PCSO Pete Knight
  • SCARF Online workshops
  • Forest School
  • First Aid
  • Specialist music teacher 
  • Curriculum visitors (vary from year to year e.g. Hindu Weddings, History workshops; Japan visitor, Hidden Herefordshire, Joe Wicks – promoting an active lifestyle, Hayhurst architects – designing a new school) 
  • School nurse 
  • NSPCC live online assemblies

A comprehensive PSHE Curriculum 

The school has a powerful combination of a planned thematic PSHE program, built around a spiral curriculum of recurring themes, designed to: 

  1. Give pupils the knowledge and develop the self-esteem, confidence and self-awareness to make informed choices and decisions;
  2. Encourage and support the development of social skills and social awareness;
  3. Enable pupils to make sense of their own personal and social experiences;
  4. Promote responsible attitudes towards the maintenance of good physical and mental health, supported by a safe and healthy lifestyle;
  5. Enable effective interpersonal relationships and develop a caring attitude towards others; 
  6. Encourage a caring attitude towards and responsibility for the environment; 
  7. Help our pupils understand and manage their feelings, build resilience and be independent, curious problem solvers;
  8. Understand how society works and the laws, rights and responsibilities involved. 

See PSHE page for more details