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Personal Development

At The Lea we understand that we have an incredibly important role to play as educators – providing for our children’s personal development. Personal development involves the entire world of a child and permeates through all that we do and all elements of our curriculum. It extends well beyond the classroom and academic learning. With the aim that children have a high quality provision which encourages, develops, enables and supports all:

  • To be responsible, respectful and active citizens
  • To be physically and mentally healthy and have strategies to manage their health and wellbeing
  • To understand British values and how to contribute to life in British society
  • To understand personal traits and character and how these can positively influence motivation and conduct
  • To behave with integrity and understand deeply the school values of pride, ambition, kindness and respect
  • To understand healthy relationships and how to stay safe in the modern world
  • To be respectful and tolerant of differences and promote inclusivity, equality and equity
  • To explore talents and interests
  • To be ready to move to the next phase of education

It is near impossible to sum up the vast range of experiences, learning and opportunities that go into a child’s personal development at The Lea. The following sections all contribute to personal development and provide links to other pages on our site that may be of interest.

Wider opportunities, developing talents and interests

There are a wide range of opportunities that exist for all of our children to promote and develop their talents and interests alongside spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.

Click here to read more about our after school clubs.

Click here to read more about enrichment opportunities at The Lea – these are coherently planned and sequenced for all the children.

PSHE, RSE and citizenship

Physical, social, health and economic education (PSHE) and relationships and sex education (RSE) are a significant part of our classroom based personal development. This includes a vast range of opportunities for children to understand inclusion, equality and equity.

Our PSHE curriculum also encompasses citizenship opportunities for all children.

Click here to read more about these areas.

British values and school values

Deeply understanding British values alongside our own school values is a key element of character development at The Lea. These values crossover to so many areas of our programme for personal development.

Click here to read more about British values at The Lea.

Click here to read more about our school values.

Health and wellbeing

We are immensely proud of the provision we have in place for developing children’s mental and physical health and wellbeing. In June 2022 we were the first primary school in Harpenden, St Albans and the villages to receive the kitemark accreditation for Emotional Wellbeing and Mental Health Awareness, by Healthy Young Minds in Hertfordshire (HYMIH).

Click on any of the links in our health and wellbeing drop down menu to read more.