Relationship, Sex Education and Health Education Curriculum

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Dear Parents/Carers

‘Today’s children and young people are growing up in an increasingly complex world and living their lives seamlessly on and offline. This presents many positive and exciting opportunities, but also challenges and risks. In this environment, children and young people need to know how to be safe and healthy, and how to manage their academic, personal and social lives in a positive way’. Priti Patel, Secretary of State 2019

The Leigh Academy is committed to deliver a comprehensive Relationship, Sex Education and Health Education (RSHE) programme to students across all year groups. Whilst it is clear that parents and carers are the prime educators for children on many of these matters the Healthy Minds curriculum has been developed to deliver all aspects of the statutory guidance set out by the Department for Education.

The Leigh Academy RSHE curriculum has been developed alongside the Healthy Minds research project that The Leigh Academy has successfully participated in for the past 6 years.  The Healthy Minds units of work are essential to ensure that The Leigh Academy delivers all mandatory parts of the RSHE curriculum.  Any areas not covered are delivered through an extensive Tutor Time programme or other subject areas such as Science, Ethics and ICT.  All students in Years 7 – 10 currently have one Healthy Minds lesson per week and these are delivered by a number of well trained staff from across different subject areas within the academy.

The Leigh Academy continues to be at the forefront of delivering the RSHE and Healthy Minds curriculum and were accredited and recognised for their work by the Bounce Forward with a national ‘Healthy Minds school’ award. This has enabled members of the Healthy Minds leadership team to train members of staff from other Leigh Trust Academies and national secondary school teachers.  The Leigh Academy was also asked to discuss the Healthy Minds curriculum on the BBC Breakfast news and Radio Kent.

To ensure The Leigh Academy provides a stimulating, informative and responsible curriculum I have created a brief Google Form for parents to complete here.  Please take the time to add your thoughts and any comments that you feel are relevant to the RSHE curriculum.

I hope your son/daughter continues to enjoy the Healthy Minds lessons with a recent poll showing that 93% of the students enjoy these lessons and feel they provide an excellent opportunity to learn about a number of key topics.

If you would like to discuss any of the above in greater detail please do not hesitate to contact me at



Yours faithfully

Stuart Lindars
Head of College
Lead on RSHE