Charlton School

Mrs Vickers

Mrs Vickers

Assistant Vice Principal

Personal Development, Culture and Ethos

Our Personal Development Programme is designed to nurture happy, healthy young people who have the knowledge and strength of character to lead safe and successful lives in modern Britain, preparing them for their next steps in education or employment. We ensure that every member of our school community knows that we are committed to supporting their physical health, safety, and emotional wellbeing throughout their journey with us.


At Charlton we promote personal wellbeing and development through a comprehensive Character Education and PSHE programme. PSHE (Personal, Social, Health and Economic) education is the curriculum subject that gives young people the knowledge, understanding, attitudes and practical skills to live safe, healthy, productive lives and meet their full potential. Character Education is a wider umbrella term which helps students build Character, the knowledge here is underpinned by our core school values and virtues including Respect, Responsibility and Resilience. Through dedicated personal development lessons, tutor time, assemblies and curriculum enhancement days students take part in a well-planned and sequenced programme to ensure they are committing age appropriate knowledge to memory. Students are encouraged to develop their individual character, learn how to stay safe and healthy and develop knowledge to ensure they are well equipped for the Future.


Personal development is at the heart of our whole school ethos. We ensure each area of the personal development curriculum delivers all aspects of the statutory guidance and reflects our specific needs as a school community. We have dedicated leaders for each of the key areas of the personal development curriculum; SMSC and British Values, PSHE and RSE, Emotional Health and Wellbeing, House Activities and Student Voice, and Careers. The curriculum leads ensure that planning is engaging and well sequenced as part of the holistic personal development curriculum and provide training for non-specialist members of staff to ensure that all students get the very best we have to offer.