Personal Development

At Todmorden High School it is our intent to develop engaged, active and well informed young citizens. Our school vision: enabling individuals to unlock their unique potential, and our core values: Ambition, Respect, Care and Honesty lend themselves perfectly to this ongoing agenda. Students are rewarded for their engagement with these values on a day-by-day basis, leading to the development of character and grit within all learners. Every learning opportunity, be it in a classroom, on a trip, in an assembly or focus session, in an after school club or within the wealth of additional provision offered, is designed with each student’s personal development in mind. Our curriculum is ambitious and goes beyond the limits of the National Curriculum in our desire to allow each student in our care to develop their knowledge skills and understanding through exposure to the best of what has been thought and written. It is the ambition of our school that every student leaves us ready for the next phase of their education, having secured the best outcomes for themselves that they possibly can so that they are ready to play an active role in the contemporary adult world.

One of the changes for next academic year (2020-2021) is new government guidance with regard to the teaching of ‘Relationships, Sex and Health Education’. There is an increase in content that secondary schools have to make sure they cover, spread out over the five years of secondary. Depending on the nature of the content, things may be taught earlier or later during the secondary phase, for example, lessons on friendships might be taught in lower key stage 3 whereas lessons about sexual health will be taught in key stage 4. Our new policy can be found below. Please do have a look. Should you need any clarification, or wish to ask any questions, please email Melissa Wells at m.wells@todhigh.co.uk.

The school values of ‘Ambition, Respect, Care & Honesty’ are how we drive SMSC in our school, by encouraging our students to embrace the fundamental British Values.

  • Democracy.
  • The rule of law.
  • Individual liberty.
  • Mutual respect.
  • Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs.

The ‘Prevent’ Strategy

The ‘Prevent’ strategy

The prevent strategy is nationwide and forms part of the Government’s counter-terrorism strategy.  ‘Prevent’ aims to stop people from becoming terrorists or supporting terrorism and each police force within the country has a unit which is focussed on the ‘prevent’ strategy.

West Yorkshire Police’s Prevent unit have been into school to deliver training and to raise awareness to both students and staff.

ARCH Days Year 7-10

ARCH days are formulated based upon Government directives and local needs which are identified through the eHna survey (completed in Year 7 and Year 10), student voice and staff voice. ARCH days take place 6 days a year and allow students to cultivate our ARCH values and become fully formed citizens to successfully and harmoniously participate in society.

Topics include:

  • Online Safety
  • Voting and Democracy
  • Sexuality and Development
  • Community Cohesion
  • Drugs and Alcohol

All work is collated into 6 volumes (ARCH day booklets) and the students then keep these for future reference. If you would like to see a copy of any booklet please contact reception to enquire.

Todmorden High School’s Statement to Combat Extremism

Preparation for Life- Year 11

Wellbeing Wednesday

Each Wednesday morning, form tutors deliver Wellbeing Wednesday to our student body through Y7-10. Year 11 engage in intervention forms in Maths and English.

Wellbeing Wednesday covers a wide range of holistic issues and allows our students to have a thoughtful start to the day. Please contact reception if you would like to see any copies of our Wellbeing Wednesday slides.

Personal Development

Personal Development booklets are issued to each child through tutoring time. These booklets help students to practice and understand our school values and consider how they could influence their own lives. Form groups work through a number of volumes across the year.

ARCH PD Booklet Year 7-8

ARCH PD Booklet Year 9-11

SMSC Ambassadors

Thea

Thea

SMSC Ambassador
Asa

Asa

SMSC Ambassador
Madeline

Madeline

SMSC Ambassador
Finn

Finn

SMSC Ambassador
Ella

Ella

SMSC Ambassador
Lewis

Lewis

SMSC Ambassador
Alissia

Alissia

SMSC Ambassador
Summer

Summer

SMSC Ambassador
Erin

Erin

SMSC Ambassador
Zara

Zara

SMSC Ambassador
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