Citizenship & PSHE

The first requisite of a good citizen in this society of ours is that he shall be able and willing to pull his own weight. Theodore Roosevelt

Why study Citizenship?

Citizenship is one of the newest additions to Forest Gate Community School’s curriculum. The subject offers a range of opportunities to build knowledge and skills that will support learning and encourage participation in society and an interest in UK and global politics.

The main focus of Citizenship is to encourage students to become active and responsible citizens through studying themes that surround law, media, rights and responsibilities, environmental issues and global culture.

Key Stage 3

At Key Stage 3 students should not feel left out. Citizenship values and morals are an important aspect of the KS3 curriculum and as the school curriculum develops, Citizenship will be integrated formally to coincide with guidelines across all core and non-core subjects at Forest Gate.

Ours is an open and accepting society, and has historically provided an avenue to all those willing to accept their responsibilities as a citizen. Spencer Bachus

Why study PSHE?

PSHE is important. By educating students about themselves and lifestyles it helps them to embrace change, feel positive about who they are and enjoy healthy, safe, responsible and fulfilled lives. They build knowledge, confidence and self-esteem and make the most of their abilities. They learn to manage new or difficult situations positively. They learn to deal with challenges and to accommodate diversity in all its forms.


In PSHE we aim to:

  • Prepare students with the skills needed to lead positive and successful lives.
  • For students to work with a range of fellow students in a variety of settings and to encourage them to work independently and collaboratively, to enquire and reflect.
  • For students to achieve at and above their target grades in PSHCE and related subjects.

Key Stage 3

Students in years 7 and 8 study a range of topics including Health, Relationships, Careers Education and Guidance and Financial Wellbeing.

PSHE education supports the promotion of attainment and achievement for children and young people. Healthy Schools PSHE Guidance