Queen Elizabeth’s School is committed to empowering our students to become adaptable, resilient, responsible, reflective, creative and fulfilled individuals who go on to thrive and make a valuable contribution to local, national and global communities.

We use the first teaching period each week to deliver our ‘Personal Development Programme’. This is a key part of our commitment to the student’s holistic educational experience and encompasses the following 4 elements:

  • Spiritual, moral, social and cultural learning experiences
  • Personal, social, health and economic education
  • Careers information, advice and guidance
  • Learning Skills – to foster resilient and autonomous learners

Christopher  Darvill

Assistant Principal – Progress & Personal Development


Senior leaders have introduced a new personal development programme into the curriculum. This programme provides effective guidance for pupils about their health and emotional needs.”

“Pupils receive effective careers advice from Year 7 through a series of assemblies, tutorials and other experiences. As a result, they have a good understanding of the options open to them when they leave Year 11.”

Ofsted  (June – 2018)

A recent research study report, conducted by Exeter University into the Mental Health and Well-being Provision in Secondary Schools in South- West England stated that at QE:

Students feel they have covered a wide range of topics within their PSHE sessions. With the exception of eating disorders, each topic (from a research list) was selected by more than half of the students who answered this question, suggesting a wide and varied PSHE programme within Queen Elizabeth’s School.”

Exeter University, November 2018

Our Partners

The PDP is developed in partnership with the students themselves and in partnership the wider school and local community. We would like to thank the following groups and organisations for their support: