City of Norwich School


At CNS we recognise the personal development of students is a fundamental part of our academic and pastoral work. It is our intention to create well rounded local, national and global citizens who develop good character, wellbeing and resilience.

Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education (PSHE)

Our Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education programme follows the new Department for Education Statutory guidelines on Relationships Education, Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) and Health Education. Our new PSHE curriculum gives young people the knowledge, understanding, attitudes and practical skills to live healthy, safe, productive and fulfilled lives, both now and in the future.  It is our hope that the knowledge, skills and attributes gained from the new curriculum with help the students manage life’s challenges and make the most of life’s opportunities.

Key Stage 3 classes will receive PSHE as taught lessons once every two weeks. Whereas Key Stage 4 will have half days off timetable to ensure they have not missed any statutory RSE content missed due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Please Read the full RSE policy by clicking on the link here:

Below is an overview of the Key Stage 3 PSHE curriculum:



Relationships and Sex Education (RSE)

The RSE units – Relationships in the Autumn term for Year 7 and Sex, Sexuality and Sexual Health in the Summer Term for Year 9 - have been carefully designed to equip students with the necessary tools so they can make informed, safe and positive life decisions.

As a school community, we are committed to working in partnership with parents and carers. As such, there will be an opportunity next year (2021) for you to come to a parent/carer consultation where you can ask questions regarding the content of Sex Education and other PSHE content. You will also have the opportunity to view lessons and class resources which will help you support your child at home

Parents/carers have the legal right to withdraw their child from all or part of the Sex Education programme, except for those statutory parts included in the National Curriculum for citizenship, P.E., computing and science. If a parent wishes their child to be withdrawn from Sex Education lessons, they should put in writing which aspects of the programme they do not wish their child to participate in and send this to the academy addressed to the Assistant Headteacher, Director of Co-Learning. Parents/carers may not withdraw their child from the Relationships and Health content in from the new statutory content.

Before granting any such request Assistant Headteacher, Director of Co-Learning will discuss the request with parents and, where appropriate, with the child to ensure that their wishes are understood and to clarify the nature and purpose of the curriculum. We will document this process to ensure a record is kept.  If you have any concerns or queries about your child’s participation in these lessons, please do not hesitate to contact either myself or your child’s class teacher to discuss these.

You can view our Relationship and Sex Education and Health Education policy here. 

You can also view the governments Information Guide For Parents here.

Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Education (SMSC)

 At CNS we want to create an ethos which develops students spiritually, morally, socially and culturally. We aim to do this within a focus on British values and an appreciation of a place within a wider international, multicultural context.

You can read the full British Values policy by clicking on the link here: British Values  

SMSC is about the values that we promote in all aspects of school life.  Specifically, SMSC issues are discussed during our tutor time programme which incorporates our whole school question of the week.  This question is also discussed in our house assemblies, providing a focus for discussion across the school. 

Please read the full SMSC policy by clicking on the link here:   SMSC Policy