Skip to content ↓
Trust Logo

Community, Health and Social Studies

CHS Overview

At Manor High we teach community, health and social education (CHS). It helps to give young people the knowledge, skills and understanding they need to lead confident, healthy, safe and independent lives.  As such, the teaching of CHS is fundamentally important, particularly as part of ‘‚ÄčEvery Child Matters’.

‚ÄčNational Agenda:

CHS has also a vital role to play in ensuring that our core value of ‘No student will underachieve’ is a reality for all of our students.

As CHS is not assessed through formal national qualifications, it offers real opportunities to make learning essentially what it should always be about – being fun, engaging, stimulating and challenging.

CHS may be known under other names in other establishments, such as PSHE, although the content of the course will be similar.


CHS, Citizenship and Careers are mainly taught through a fortnightly timetabled lesson. Leadership of CHS and Careers is overseen by our Deputy Head and Assistant Head (Character) and planned and prepared with the support of all teaching staff. Where necessary, we ask for specialist support e.g. Careers advisor, school nurse, counsellor. 

Mental health and emotional well-being run through all the core themes. The curriculum builds students’ resilience and supports our strategy to foster core British values. The CHS curriculum also plays a vital role in keeping students safe.

We believe that the knowledge, skills, understanding and attributes associated with CHS are developed most effectively when threaded across the whole curriculum. As a result, lessons in all subjects are designed to help develop self-confidence and self-esteem and encourage the development of positive relationships.

The emphasis of the CHS curriculum is on developing learning over time, revisiting themes in an age-appropriate manner, building on prior knowledge and understanding and further developing skills.

Each strand of the CHS curriculum encompasses:

  • Living in the wider world
  • Relationships (RSHE)
  • Health and well-being

In addition, we have a RSHE policy on our policies page.

Parents’ right to withdraw Parents have the right to withdraw their children from the non-statutory components of sex education within RSHE up to and until 3 terms before the child turns 16. After this point, if the child wishes to receive sex education rather than being withdrawn, the school will arrange this. Requests for withdrawal should be put in writing and addressed to the Headteacher, and can be submitted via email to  The Headteacher (or other appointed senior leader) will discuss the request with parents and take appropriate action. Alternative work will be given to pupils who are withdrawn from sex education. The schools in the Trust will always comply with the wishes of parents in this regard where that is not part of statutory National Curriculum Science.

Please see the letter below for further information and guidance.

Assessment for learning will take place every lesson with periodic self assessment by students on an assessment sheet.