Looking for a school place for your child? Ring 01253 810504 to arrange to see us in action during the school day.


‘Citizenship’ at Saint Aidan’s is a combination of Citizenship, Personal Social and Health education (including financial capability) and work related learning. It is taught through one hour a week for all students in year 9 whilst other aspects of Citizenship are covered in various subject areas across the curriculum throughout years 7, 8, 10 and 11.

Our aim is that through the Citizenship programme students are prepared for life beyond school, engaging with contemporary issues and exploring strategies to make changes at a personal and wider level. We are particularly proud of the opportunities the subject allows for students to develop ‘active’ citizenship skills. Students work with local agencies and can make informed decisions in the school and wider community.

All students in the school will also take part in three Personal Development days where they work interactively on a variety of topics outside of their usual lessons, collaborating with external agencies and making informed choices for the future.

Students are offered exciting opportunities in both Key Stage 3 and 4 in relation to Citizenship including a visit to London and the Houses of Parliament, the Youth Philanthropy Project, a visit to Lancaster University and the chance to become model citizens in the community by volunteering with the Archbishop of York scheme.

These are some of the topics covered across the year groups:

Year 7

  • Coping with Transition
  • Archbishop of York Scheme
  • Spirituality
  • Diversity
  • Volunteering in the local community

Year 8

  • Poverty and charity
  • Teambuilding skills
  • Leadership/Personal Development
  • British values
  • British Parliament
  • London visit

Year 9

  • Financial capabilities
  • Healthy lifestyles
  • Making informed choices about drugs and alcohol
  • Emotional health and well-being
  • The criminal justice system
  • Being a "good" citizen in your community
  • Sex and Relationships Education

Year 10

  • Alcohol and Drugs awareness
  • First Aid training
  • Health education
  • Healthy relationships
  • Careers advice and study skills
  • Work Experience preparation and review

Year 11

  • Financial Capability
  • Post-16 options
  • Managing stress and anxiety
  • Revision and study skills
  • Visit to Lancaster University