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Life Skills: RS, Citizenship and Careers

All students at Castle Rock High School study Life Skills as part of their weekly timetable. The Life Skills curriculum covers a number of different topics and works towards developing student’s social, moral, spiritual and cultural awareness. Many of the topics covered also work towards educating our students about the fundamental British values of democracy, rule of law, individual liberty, mutual respect and tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs.

The main areas covered within Life Skills are:

Religious Studies

Students learn about different religions and develop their understanding of different faiths and beliefs. This includes studying who and where different religions worship, important signs and symbols, festivals and celebrations and different beliefs. As students move in to Year 9 they start to study moral issues, thinking about where those from a wide range of beliefs would stand on the issue being studied, and developing the skills to argue for and against. At the end of Year 9 all students currently sit a summative assessment that has been devised and is moderated across the Ashby and Coalville family of schools.


The Citizenship element of Life Skills covers a range of topics which aim to promote and develop student’s awareness of the British Values and the world in which we live in. Topics include;

  • Community Cohesion
  • Government, Elections and Voting
  • The Law and International Laws
  • Fair-trade
  • Human Rights
  • Bullying and Racism. 

Personal Development

The Personal Development areas of the curriculum are designed to promote healthy lifestyles and relationships and to educate students in making safe and sensible choices. Topics include;

  • Puberty
  • Healthy Relationships and Consent
  • Safe Sex
  • Drugs Education
  • Emotional Health and Wellbeing
  • Healthy Lifestyles 


Careers education at Castle Rock High School assists students in exploring the many opportunities students have once they leave education and move in to the world of work. Students look at a range of careers and work at matching their skills and interests to different jobs in the world of work. Students have the opportunity to speak to a range of professionals at our annual Careers Convention as well as other opportunities when visiting professionals visit the school. Students complete CV's and personal statements, and in Year 9 focus on their GCSE choices. Money management is also covered in careers sessions.