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Highdown School
and Sixth Form Centre

Personal insight and spiritual development


What does it mean?

  • beliefs, religious or otherwise, which inform their perspective on life and their interest in and respect for other people’s feelings and values
  • sense of enjoyment and fascination in learning about themselves, others and the world around them
  • use of imagination and creativity in their learning
  • willingness to reflect on their experiences


A flavour of where it is applied at Highdown


All Subjects


All written feedback provides the opportunity for student reflection, Student self-assessment and peer assessment.


African masks – symbols and meanings. Use of abstract thinking to solve problems. Practical investigations which are left open ended. 


Active learning in all years. By playing different characters and enacting different situations, the students get to experience other people’s perspectives and challenge their own. 


Use of texts to explore students’ own beliefs, and beliefs of others from around the world.




Study of Islam Christianity and Buddhism

Ethical issues: war, abortion, childhood, medical ethics, drugs, crime and punishment, euthanasia, poverty and wealth and the poor in the UK. Students develop an understanding of issues, different perspectives and a personal response to these.


Exploring Lifestyles, Globalisation and Fair Trade.


Influence of religion and the reformation on the Tudor and Stuart Monarchy , applying own morality and world views to historical ethical issues such as slavery and racism, empire and the Holocaust, war.


Part of the computing curriculum considers the ethics of programming and the laws relating to computer misuse. This encourages students to develop empathy for the feelings of victims of viruses and hackers.


Lessons dedicated to festivals in each country. For example, in Spanish the students learn about the Semana Santa celebrations in Seville and the Halloween customs in Mexico where they celebrate the day of the dead.