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Church of England Community Academy Trust

Personal Development

Personal Development Intent

Personal Development (PD) is at the heart of our learning journey at Freemantle CE Academy and links with the overarching values and ethos of our academy. Through PD we encourage all learners to nurture their personality, character and spirituality to strive to be the best they can be.


We support our children to acquire the knowledge, understanding and skills they need to successfully manage their lives. PD education develops the qualities and attributes children need to thrive as individuals and as members of the community, whilst being prepared to live safely and grow in rapidly changing and challenging times.


At Freemantle we recognise that we are all learners, which is why we promote and instil a culture of reflective learning with all stakeholders. We recognise how a focus on spiritual, physical and mental health is imperative to maintain a strong and healthy school family.


Our whole school approach promotes effective and positive relationships between all members of the school community, whilst helping children to build their personal identities, confidence and self-esteem, whilst enjoying healthy and productive relationships in all aspects of their lives both now and in the future.

Personal Development Implementation

At Freemantle we have three core rules, namely ‘Ready, Respect, Safe’ which underpin the PD across the academy and develop all learners spiritual, physical and mental health.


PSHE and RSHE education is prioritised through a timetabled and effective planned curriculum which teaches our children to develop the values, attitudes, personal and social skills to support their emotional health and wellbeing, whilst educated to make informed decisions now and in the future.


Within this area of PD, children learn about how to positively manage their own mental health, whilst understanding that their actions can also impact on others. Children learn how to stay safe and safeguarded from harm through understanding and respecting their bodies. They are taught how to develop positive and healthy relationships appropriate to their age and development, to support their mental health and wellbeing.


Through our comprehensive RE curriculum, we develop our children’s spirituality whilst learning about the religious views that others may hold. This helps them to better understand the world they live in and how they can contribute to it, whilst developing positive attitudes towards others, learning to respect their beliefs, experiences and opinions.


We adopt a Restorative Practice approach to develop our community by teaching children to manage conflict and tensions through building positive relationships and repairing harm. This encourages children to take ownership over their behaviour, whilst developing skills of empathy and forgiveness.


Our commitment to the personal development of all stakeholders is evident in the growth mindset we instil in all learners and the reflective learning culture we promote. We recognise the importance of positive mental health and teach strategies that support a healthy lifestyle, encouraging all learners to take responsibility for their wellbeing, achievements and aspirations.


Through our warm family feel, we aim for our children, families and staff to feel confident, empowered and motivated and to understand the role we all must play within this family in working together, taking responsibility for our learning and being respectful of others.

Development of Personal Development Skills across the Academy