Welcome to week 6 year 6! We’re finally here – the last week of your virtual transition. This week we will be looking at some videos to help you to get to grips with some of the routines that we have at Emmanuel College. In addition to this, we will be looking at what will be included in the Emmanuel College personal development curriculum and how you will be able to get involved in different opportunities.

In addition to the academic curriculum and standard subjects that all students are taught during the College day, all students engage with the personal development curriculum. Through this, students will look at how each of us in the community are individuals and that we all have our own unique characteristics. Mrs R Hooker (Vice Principal) will look at this in more detail in the video and introduce you to what personal development at Emmanuel College will look like.

What will I learn through the personal development curriculum?

Through the personal development curriculum students will learn that everyone in our community is unique and valued because of their individual characteristics. They will learn how to thrive together because of their deep understanding of British values (democracy, liberty, the rule of law and mutual respect and tolerance), their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development and their relationships and sex education. They will learn how to contribute to society in a positive and meaningful way through character and careers education and through their deep understanding of how to keep themselves healthy and safe.

Students will be able to demonstrate their confidence and resilience through a wide and rich set of experiences that extend beyond the academic, technical, or vocational. They will be able to reflect wisely, learn eagerly, behave with integrity, and cooperate consistently well with others and demonstrate their readiness for life as an adult.

Students will become reflective, responsible, and active citizens who are appreciative of the world around them and who are prepared to play an active role in public life as an adult. They are ready to take their next steps in education, employment or training and are equipped with the skills to take this next step successfully.

What are the themes in the personal development curriculum?

The curriculum is based upon five core themes. Each year students explore each of the core themes that underpin the curriculum through the taught curriculum and opportunities available for all students to access.

Health and wellbeing: giving students the knowledge and information that they need to make good decisions about their own physical health and mental wellbeing, so that they can lead a healthy lifestyle now and in the future. (This theme covers the statutory guidance on health education.)

Relationships: giving students the knowledge and information that they need to help them develop healthy, nurturing relationships of all kinds, not just intimate relationships. (This theme covers the statutory guidance on relationships education and relationships and sex education.)

Futures: providing an outstanding platform from which students can, with appropriate guidance and care, make wise choices for their life after College.

Character: teaching of the core virtues so that all students can demonstrate wisdom, self-control and love as responsible members of society.

Rights and Responsibilities: equipping our students with the knowledge and experiences they need to live happy and fulfilling adult lives and to fully take their place in our local, national, and international community.

What opportunities are there for me in the personal development curriculum?

Our College day starts each day in tutor time where students read widely and reflect deeply. During the week students will by guided by their tutor in a period of reflection, prompted by questions that relate to their personal development studies during the previous week. Each student records their weekly reflections in their own Personal Reflection Journal.

Monday – Thursday Good Morning Emmanuel is broadcast to all tutor groups. GME is a daily insight into current affairs and the wider world, and the aspirations and achievements of our students. During GME we explore our core virtues and Christian ethos through a daily act of worship

All students can engage in a broad range of opportunities that support them to grow and thrive:

Co-curriculum and super curriculum: a range of activities to nurture passion, interests, and skills after academic lessons have finished for the day

Monday – Thursday students can invest time in a co-curricular activity (sport and creative arts), super curricular activity (a range of activities that nurture a passion or interest in other subjects) or further academic pursuit through independent and directed study. All students are expected to take part in at least one co-curricular activity each year, and students in year 7 and 8 are expected to take part in at least one sporting activity each year additionally. A wide range of activities is on offer including many sporting activities, the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, engineering, and technology activities such as F1 in Schools and Lego Masters.

Music, Drama and Public Speaking:  additional activities that develop confidence in performance and creative excellence

In addition to the co-curriculum during the activities period, there are many other ways in which students can develop their creative interests. Music instrumental lessons and Speech and Drama (LAMDA) lessons are run during the College day and are organised on a rota basis to avoid impacting upon the same class every week. There is a cost for these additional lessons and parents registering their child for tuition must maintain that commitment for a full year. Drama at Emmanuel is an innovative way to develop confidence in performance as well as meeting new people, whilst working towards creative excellence. Auditions for the annual production are publicised in September for musicians, actors and behind the scenes roles.

Lecture: an in-depth exploration of a topic guided by teachers and external speakers

Each year group has a weekly lecture (except in year 7-9 when students will alternate between the ignite curriculum and a lecture throughout the year), led by either a member of teaching staff or an external speaker. Students learn how to take good quality notes, ask questions, and later reflect upon their learning during their weekly reflection time. Each student has their own lecture notes book where they can record their notes and questions that they will use to support their weekly reflections. The topic of each lecture links to one of the core themes and selected threshold statements. Students are made aware of which core theme they are investigating during each lecture.

Ignite curriculum

In year 7-9 students are given the opportunity to explore subjects that they wouldn’t normally study until KS4 such as Latin and Drama. Working on 4-week rotations, students will be able to explore the subject each year and develop additional academic and personal skills.

The residential programme

An annual opportunity to go outside of the comfort zone, the area or country. During year 7-11 students will have the opportunity to take part in a residential activity. In year 7-8 this will be partially funded by Emmanuel College and all students are expected to attend. In year 9-11 these experiences are optional for those students who wish to attend.

50 things to do before you leave Emmanuel

A challenge to complete all 50 activities that seek to achieve individual growth, the greatness of others and benefit our communities.


In year 7-11 all students are set the task of completing the ’50 things’ challenges for their year group. Each year group is allocated 10 challenges for the year with the aim of completing all 10 each year. Students record their achievement and evidence in their study file which is reviewed by their tutor. The completion of these challenges is recognised as students reach the following milestones each year:

5 challenges: bronze award

8 challenges: silver award

10 challenges: gold award

Sixth Form

The Emmanuel College Curriculum

Vision, Mission and Virtues