Citizenship gives pupils the knowledge, skills and understanding to play an effective role in society at local, national and international levels. It helps them to become informed, thoughtful and responsible citizens who are aware of their duties and rights. It promotes their spiritual, moral and social and cultural development, making them more self-confident and responsible both in and beyond the classroom. It encourages pupils to play a helpful part in the life of their schools, neighbourhoods, communities and the wider world. It also teaches them about our economy and democratic institutions and values; encourages respect for different national, religious and ethnic identities, and develops pupils’ ability to reflect on issues and take part in discussions.
Thornton Grammar School also delivers a full Personal, Social, Health and Economic education (PSHE), which promotes pupils' personal, social and emotional development, as well as their health and wellbeing. It provides the knowledge, skills and attributes pupils need to lead healthy, safe, responsible and fulfilled lives. PSHE education provides a framework within which schools can fulfil their legal responsibilities to promote the well-being of pupils, provide advice and guidance on sex, relationships, health and drugs.
Citizenship within Thornton Grammar School also provides careers education and advice, especially at the key periods of KS4 and KS5 option choices.
At KS3 all the following topics are taught: Transition, bullying, Internet safety, drugs, personal finance, healthy eating, healthy living, careers and jobs, juvenile crime, solvent abuse, community issues, democracy and parliament, sex education, litter, relationships, rights and responsibilities and multicultural studies.
Citizenship currently offers two qualification opportunities at KS4 aimed at educating and preparing pupils for employment. These are Preparation for Working Life (AQA) and Humanities GCSE (AQA). Both of these courses are extremely popular with pupils and produce excellent results.
As well as the formal qualification offerings taught in KS4 pupils also receive Careers Advice (including sessions before and after Work Experience) and guidance on option choices for KS5. Other topics covered in Year 10 and 11 include Finance, Juvenile Crime, Drug Abuse and Business Enterprise.