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Complementary Studies

In the fast moving, multi-cultural and competitive world in which we live, possession of more than qualifications is essential if our students are to take up their place fully in the world beyond school. The skills and values emphasised in Complementary Studies lessons are inherent across the whole school curriculum and in the ethos of the Axholme Academy itself.

Complementary Studies – a combination of PSHEe and Citizenship -   is delivered by a specialist teacher across both key stages. All students from Year 7 to 11 receive discrete lessons of CS whereby the majority of PSHE, Citizenship, careers education and guidance, work related learning and financial capability is delivered. This is supplemented by assemblies, special events both in and out of school and by accessing a range of external sources of delivery from multi agency teams to theatre groups.

The curriculum is age and ability related and explores key concepts and issues such as:

  • Friendships and bullying
  • Personal safety
  • Internet safety
  • Personal health, drugs and alcohol
  • Identity and diversity
  • Fundamental British Values
  • Government and democracy
  • Human rights 
  • Child Sexual Exploitation 
  • Relationships and sex education
  • FGM
  • Crime, law and punishment
  • The global society
  • Terrorism and the Prevent agenda
  • Charity
  • Financial capability
  • Enterprise 
  • Work Related Learning

Complementary Studies aims to help students develop a fuller understanding of their roles and responsibilities as individuals and as citizens. Students gain practical knowledge and skills to help them to live healthily and to deal with the spiritual, moral, social and cultural issues they face as they approach adulthood. We aim for all of our students to become informed, thoughtful, responsible and active citizens who are aware of their duties and rights, show respect for different national, religious and ethnic cultures and develop the knowledge, skills and understanding needed to be able to face challenges, make informed choices and  live confident, healthy, independent lives as individuals, parents and workers playing a useful part in the life of the school, the local community and the wider world.


Head of Department Mrs B Gwyther