Aims – Manor Drive Secondary Academy follows the Department for Education’s (2013) guidance for a citizenship curriculum which aims to ensure that all students:

  • Acquire a sound knowledge and understanding of how the United Kingdom is governed, its political system and how citizens participate actively in its democratic systems of government.
  • Develop a sound knowledge and understanding of the role of law and the justice system in our society and how laws are shaped and enforced.
  • Develop an interest in, and commitment to, participation in volunteering as well as other forms of responsible activity, that they will take with them into adulthood.
  • Are equipped with the skills to think critically and debate political questions, to enable them to manage their money on a day-to-day basis, and plan for future financial needs.

At MDSA our curriculum is broad and balanced, complies with legislation and provides a wide range of subjects which prepares our students with the necessary skills to become well-rounded citizens that are able to positively affect our society.

Throughout Key Stage 3, the core principles of citizenship are mapped and monitored across all other areas in the College. Citizenship lessons are supported by a comprehensive PSHE programme and assemblies which offer students further knowledge to positively impact their lives.

Students receive Citizenship lessons within the PSHCE time allocation of two, thirty minute lessons a week. This is delivered by trained and experienced teachers who deliver high-quality lessons which gives students a forum to discuss and develop their own opinions and tackle challenging topics.

Citizenship Themes

The Citizenship curriculum at MDSA aims to prepare students for life in Modern Britain. A key focus for our students is the four British Values; democracy, individual liberty, the law, mutual respect and tolerance which are all embedded within the curriculum and the ethos at MDSA. However, in order to broaden our students learning, 6 overall themes have been incorporated into the curriculum.

The Citizenship themes are:

  • Democracy
  • The rule of law
  • Individual liberty
  • Mutual respect for and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs and for those without faith
  • Money management
  • Rights and responsibilities






  • Democracy (Year 9)
  • Government (Year 9)
  • MP’s (Year 9)
  • Election (Year 9)
  • Parliament and Manifesto’s (Year 9)
  • British Values (Year 7)
  • Student Council
  • Student input into school rules.
  • Displays throughout the school


The Rule of law

  • Crime and Punishment (Year 9)
  • Role of the police ( Year 9)
  • Civil and criminal law. Year 9)
  • Criminal Justice System and Laws.
  • Prison, Me? No Way. Collapsed Day.


Individual liberty


  • Refugees (Year 8)
  • Migration (Year 8)
  • Freedom of Speech (Year 7)
  • Pressure Groups (Year 9)
  • Keep Me Safe Collapsed Day


Mutual respect for and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs and for those without faith.

  • Patriotism (Year 8)
  • Diversity (Year 8)
  • National Culture (Year 8)
  • British Identity (Year 8)
  • Racism and Tolerance (Year 7,8)


  • Prevent lessons, Radicalisation etc Age Appropriate.
  • Teachers have been instructed to recognise potential warning signs of radicalisation in line with the PREVENT policy

Money Management

  • Budgeting (Year 7, Lesson 11)
  • Finance (Year 8, Lesson 11)
  • Budgeting (Year 8, Lesson 12)
  • Finance workshops (Budgeting, Money Management etc)

Rights and Responsibilities

  • Rights and Responsibilities (Year 7, Lesson 2)
  • Human Rights (Year 7, Lesson 3)
  • Abuse of Human Rights (Year 7, Lesson 4)
  • Child Rights (Year 7, Lesson 5)
  • Animal Welfare (Year 7, Lesson 6)
  • Environment (Year 7, Lesson 10)
  • Fairtrade (Year 8, Lesson 10)
  • Prison Me? No Way! Collapsed Day
  • Student Council



































HYPA is a Health and Young Persons Advice Clinic.  The school will host a HYPA (Health and Young People Advice Centre).  It will take the form of a weekly ‘drop in’ opportunity offering a comprehensive health service for young people.  It will be staffed by trained workers, including nurses and is available one lunchtime each week on the school site.  At least seven other schools in Peterborough currently host an HYPA.

The service offers support on a range of health and emotional issues that affect many teenagers, for example, bullying, worries about weight, depression, relationships and sexual health.  It is possible that after appropriate counselling with a student, trained staff will provide condoms, pregnancy testing and emergency contraception.

Whilst the service is confidential, staff will encourage young people to discuss health issues with parents and carers.

The Governors and senior staff believe that this service complements our health education teaching programmes and recognises our responsibility to help students to make informed decisions on a whole range of health related issues.

The aim of HYPA is to encourage young people to access health care on a range of topics.  Students from summer term Year 9 upwards are made aware of the clinic and what it offers if they ever feel the need to access it for confidential advice on the following areas:

  • Sexual health, including STI’s, contraception and pregnancy
  • Drugs
  • Smoking
  • Alcohol
  • Health Issues
  • Friendships Issues
  • Self-Harm
  • Depression and anxiety concerns
  • Diet

The service is manned by fully trained professionals in Sexual Health, Alcohol Awareness, Drugs Awareness, Youth Work Support, Nursing.

Further Resources:

Support and useful websites for parents:

General this website covers a wide range of topics and provides useful advice

Online Safety protecting children on and offline – welfare and support for children to reach out when in need – Support with issues involving child exploitation online

LGBTQ support and advice on LGBTQ issues – help and advice surrounding LGBTQ inclusivity and equality

Disability Help and support  Disability equality charity. Practical information and emotional support Support and advice, activities and events

Racism challenging hate crime and discrimination Stand Against Racism and Inequality  Show Racism the red card. UK anti-racism charity tacking racism in society.

Mental Health and Wellbeing support and information on mental health support and information on mental health including a parent helpline App to support and treat anxiety symptoms App to support against self-harm urges a non-profit organisation working with others to help make the internet a great and safe place for children. - a transformational digital mental health support service. It gives children and young people easy access to an online community of peers and a team of experienced counsellors. Access is free of the typical barriers to support: no waiting lists, no thresholds, no cost. – The app Headspace is here to give you the tools and resources to look after your mind.

Catch It – It is an App created as a joint project between the Universities of Liverpool and Manchester, to help users better understand their moods through use of an ongoing diary. – App to measure your heart rate and activities to help calm. – Improve your mental health by making music – Support, counselling and advice for bereavement

Health facts and information on drugs facts and information on alcohol -Get free, confidential support with alcohol, drugs or mental health in one of their local services or online – Drugs and alcohol services confidential sexual health advice, protection and testing – Breast Cancer support and advice – Cancer charity providing information and advice – Offering support and information and contact with nurses to answer your questions – Information and advice including how to check yourself Support and information for families and young people with cancer)

Careers – Support and information for careers – Support and information for careers Support with work experience and Careers

For any further signposting or advice or help in ways to support your child, please contact the PSHCE Lead via

Should you have any worries or feedback with regards to lesson content and delivery, we welcome your input in this partnership.