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Welcome to the PSHE & Citizenship Department at York High School!

Subject Leader:   Mr Walker        


Personal, Social and Health Education education is a statutory but non-examined subject which pupils study in Year 7 and continue all the way through into Year 11. It helps to give students the knowledge, skills and understanding they need to lead confident, healthy and independent lives. It aims to help them understand how they are developing personally and socially, tackling many of the moral, social and cultural issues that are part of growing up. It is here that your child will learn about bullying, citizenship, drug education, healthy eating, physical activity, mental and emotional health, wellbeing, and sex and relationships. Our Programme of Study also aims to develop skills and attributes such as resilience, self-esteem, risk-management, team working and critical thinking.


Citizenship is taught by a wide variety of teachers and is taught once a fortnight across the whole school.


Topics covered within Citizenship are grouped in three core themes: (i) health and wellbeing, (ii) relationships, and (iii) living in the wider world; and include:

  • Alcohol, smoking and drugs
  • Personal & Mental health
  • Bullying
  • Citizenship , democracy and human rights
  • Revision, Post 16 and Careers
  • Personal finance
  • Sex and Relationship Education