Joint Head of Lower School PSHE

Mr M P D EmleyBA(Hons), QTS, MA (pending)

Joint Head of Lower School PSHE

Mrs K J FlackBA, HND


Our aim is to promote the happiness and well-being of all our pupils. PSHEE is delivered through small group discussions arranged around the tutoring system, as well as lectures delivered by specialists in the various areas of study. PSHEE helps to provide a proactive and preventative strand to Cranleigh’s pastoral care. All tutors in the school teach PSHEE to their various tutees. Our goal is to encourage in pupils a sufficient understanding to develop as rounded, fulfilled individuals and as responsible citizens. Our programme is varied, and sensitive to changing social pressures and individual needs.

Lower School

Each week the Fourth Form, Lower Fifth and Upper Fifth meet for 40 minutes with their tutor for regular teaching of the PSHEE topics. The teaching programme is arranged according to six strands; Personal Development, Physical Health, Social Health, Mental and Emotional Health, Future Health and Citizenship. Through these strands a wide range of subjects and issues are covered including: relationships; alcohol awareness; diversity; healthy lifestyles; financial education; safe use of technology;  bullying; body image; drugs; and depression to name just a few. Many of these topics are introduced by subject specialists and then, in following weeks, discussed and developed in the tutorials. Recent speakers have included: Bob Tait on drugs education; Amy Forbes-Robertson on Festivals; James Shone and Dick Moore on Mental and Emotional Health; and Alex Fryer on relationships.

Upper School

During the two Sixth Form years the weekly tutorial sessions do not continue and thus PSHEE is delivered through a lecture series. Throughout the two years students hear about other people’s life experiences: for example, recent lectures have involved hearing from Bob Tait on Drugs – Legal and Illegal, Steve Andrews on Gambling and Shaun Atkins on risks and the consequences of decision making.

Furthermore, we aim to help prepare pupils for life at university and beyond. In the Upper Sixth they attend the ‘Safe Drive Stay Alive’ lecture, explore the issues of sex, drugs and relationships at University, talk about managing budgets and receive practical advice on cooking for themselves!

Mr Nick Drake is Head of Sixth Form PSHE and can be contacted by clicking on the profile below:

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Head of Sixth Form PSHE

Mr N DrakeBA, PGCE, PGDip

Mr Nick Drake joined Cranleigh in January 2013 as a Modern Languages teacher. He is also a tutor in South. From an early age Mr Drake had an interest in life beyond his homeland, spending some of his early childhood and education in France. This interest in all things foreign led him to study French and Spanish at Bristol University and culminated in him marrying his Australian wife Leah. Prior to Cranleigh, Mr Drake worked as a broadcast journalist for Sky Sports and an investment banker.

Parental Involvement

As part of our PSHEE programme we seek to build a positive working partnership with the parent body so that the pupils receive consistent messages in our ever-changing culture. Therefore, as part of the PSHEE programme, there are lectures designed at encouraging this partnership. We invite parents to attend presentations about the dangers of technology, drugs and relationships, and mental and emotional health.

These lectures aim to cover some of the key points that are being taught to the pupils and help the parent body to remain up-to-date with the issues in our current teenage culture whilst gaining an insight into some of the dangers facing young adults today. Follow-up resources are available on the parent portal of the school website.

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