Bow School

Personal Development

Personal Development

The Bow School Personal Development Curriculum is designed to ensure all students leave our school ‘World and Career Ready.’


The purpose of the curriculum is to prepare all our students with the skills and knowledge needed over and above that contained within our academic curriculum so that they can thrive as they journey through life; at school and beyond.

We believe that the crucial elements of a young person’s education are the opportunities provided which help them to develop personally, these are essential if we are going to ensure that our students are happy and achieve success in a challenging, complex, and changing world.

Every student at Bow School develops into someone that is the best, most authentic version of themselves. We hope that, through this process, students can obtain the cultural capital that will allow them to build a happy, fulfilled, and successful life for themselves beyond Bow School. Our ever-evolving Personal Development Curriculum means students develop all aspects of their character, whilst being respectful of others.  

Please click here for an Overview of Personal Development Themes 

Tutor Time and Assembly Programme  

Students access exceptional character education, taught during tutor time through the Becoming X platform designed to teach young people the skills, character and resilience needed to succeed whilst cementing our values of Respect, Curiosity, Adaptability and Determination and garnering an appreciation of British values. Every student has access to a high-quality tutor who is there to nurture, support, and guide students using the PERMA Positive Psychology Coaching Model at the beginning and end of the week.  

This is complimented by our assembly programme which exposes students to the great people that have shaped the world we live in; the best that has been thought and the best that has been said. These people hail from a wide range of backgrounds and promote diversity and advocate respect for different protected characteristics.  

Student Leadership  

 Our students are able to flourish as leaders through a wide range of leadership opportunities inside and outside of school that spark passion, interest and a thirst for life and learning. All opportunities available Year 7 – 13, along with responsibilities and application process can be found here

PSHCE and Citizenship 

Our PSHE and Citizenship Curriculum plays a crucial role in our Personal Development Curriculum in promoting students’ personal, social and emotional development. Weekly lessons provide space for healthy discussion and debate whilst also giving pupils the knowledge, skills and attributes they need to keep themselves healthy and safe. This includes an understanding of their protected characteristics, ways to identify and manage concerns around their emotional wellbeing and age appropriate RSE. British Values of democracy, rule of law, individual liberty, mutual respect and tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs underpin our curriculum which we keep responsive, allowing us to address local, national and global issues and events as they arise. Support, guidance and learning around wellbeing, relationships, and safety. 

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BowExtra! Is our extracurricular offer where students access a wide range of academic, artistic, sporting and sometimes ‘just for fun!’ clubs and activities outside of school hours meaning all students find somewhere they can flourish.  We have excellent partnerships which provide extended opportunities for students, including Duke of Edinburgh, Jack Petchey Speak Out Challenge, Debate Mate and Green House Sports Coaching.

Careers Education and Guidance 

Our Careers Education and Guidance Programme is structured around the Gatsby Benchmarks and prepares our students for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of their future careers.  We provide appropriate careers education from year 7 upwards, ranging from the prestigious IntoUniversity programme to visiting places of work and industry, along with 1:1 career guidance for all students.

 Trips, Visits and Experiences

Throughout their journey ay Bow School, all students have the opportunity to take part in a plethora of school trips, visits and experiences. 

Finally, three times a year ‘House Days’ are dedicated to Personal Development, students experience guest speakers, workshops, visit Universities and workplaces, and go out beyond Bow School to enjoy museums, exhibitions, famous landmarks, the theatre and live music. What’s more, there are a wider range of optional trips which range from exploring an ancient trail of Hadrian’s Wall, visiting parliament to take part in the model UN, to travelling to Madrid to practise their language skills.


  •  77.1% of students agree that they value their tutors, and tutor time
  •  82% of students that that they value assembly time and the topics covered
  •  81% of students recognise that the school provides opportunities to develop their leadership
  •  75% of students say Bow School provides support in making future decisions about their careers and further education
  • 76.7% of students say they enjoy the PSHEE and Citizenship Curriculum
  • 82% of students say they learn a lot in PSHEE and Citizenship lessons.