Ethics, Philosophy & Citizenship

Meet the Team

Lead teacher: Mrs M Rigby

Teacher of EPC: Mr G Barrie

Teacher of EPC: Miss B Burns

Teacher of EPC: Mrs E Fothergill

Teacher of EPC: Mrs L Haigh

Teacher of EPC: Mr A Hofheinz

Teacher of EPC: Miss C Kerr-Robinson

Teacher of EPC: Mrs C Lee

Teacher of EPC: Mr J Moreton

Teacher of EPC: Miss C Nattriss

Teacher of EPC: Miss S Platts

We believe that students deserve a broad and ambitious EPC curriculum, rich in skills and knowledge, which ignites curiosity and prepares them well for future learning or employment. At Serlby Park Academy we pride ourselves on providing a rich personal development curriculum which enables our students to develop into well rounded members of society. Our EPC curriculum will give students the opportunity to:

  • Explore different cultures, beliefs and opinions to develop students understanding of the world and to help the to create their own views about relevant issues;
  • Enhance students reading ability through the delivery of carefully chosen texts to support reciprocal reading;
  • Enjoy a wide range of topic areas that include ethics, philosophy, economical wellbeing and issues relating to modern life;
  • Develop cultural capital that will help remove barriers to achievement in school, future learning and the world of work;
  • Experience learning that is ‘outside the academic’ throughout the year;
  • Develop an understanding of Relationship and Sexual Education including healthy relationships and LGBTQ+ relationships;
  • Produce ‘meaningful work’ of which they can be proud;
  • Articulate and express their ideas, views and opinions about a wide range of topics clearly, confidently and respectfully;
  • Develop their character, including resilience, confidence and independence, so that they contribute positively to the life of the school, their local community and the wider environment.

Our Personal Development programme at Serlby Park Academy is tailored specifically to meet the needs of the school’s local context whilst at the same time equipping pupils with the knowledge, skills and understanding needed to play their full part in an ever-changing world of the 21st century.  Our personal development programme is delivered through a combination of discrete timetabled lessons, form time and assembly programme, plus a series of progressive “Step Up” days, as well as emphasising a number of cross curricular links across a wide range of subjects.

Our Personal Development programme encompasses the following areas below.  Please click on each link to find out more about how we cover each topic across our academy.

EPC (Ethics, Philosophy and Citizenship)

The EPC curriculum at Serlby Park Academy places social and personal development at the heart of its design, with group discussion, self-expression and the promotion of tolerance & respect towards the opinions of others assessed in each unit of work. Providing opportunities for students to develop confidence, resilience and knowledge to stay mentally and physically healthy are also included and developed in topics such as ‘Physical health and fitness’ and ‘Healthy relationships.

Religious Studies            

Religious Studies is also embedded throughout Key Stage 3, as students are able to explore the religions of Christianity, Islam and Hinduism through the lens of ‘What would a religious person do in this situation?’ in order to develop skills of reflection, respect and tolerance. Religious quotes are woven into schemes of learning such as Evil and Suffering and are interpreted alongside some religious practices and core beliefs.


With income deprivation and unemployment levels in the local area significantly above national averages, we are fully committed to ensuring that our Life curriculum provides enough time to achieve all eight of The Gatsby Benchmarks, working alongside various organisations.  A mixture of tutor time activities and progressive step-up days provide opportunities for work experience, employer contact and Enterprise Education to allow the Benchmark targets to be met.  We are proud to be able to provide all students with opportunities to access a full range of career focused experiences, across their time here at Serlby Park Academy to enable them to make informed choices about their future.


Our RSE curriculum provision gives due regard to the DfE’s statutory guidance on sex and relationship education as well as focussing in more detail on issues most relevant to students in our local context. Specific needs, as they arise are responded to and incorporated into our planning, plus curriculum content is once again ‘stepped’ to ensure that key issues are revisited in later years and in greater depth.

Key Themes      

Enabling our students to experience a wider curriculum is extremely important to our mission.  Not only do we offer a rich curriculum, but all subjects ensure they are linking their content to our key themes for each half term.  These key themes link directly to our EPC curriculum and allow our students to develop as young adults as they prepare for their futures. 


At Serlby Park Academy, we encourage our students to take part in all sorts of activities that represent the school. We recognise this by awarding colours. Each colour signifies a different type of activity undertaken by our students.  These range from joining a school team to representing the academy at an international level.

British Values and SMSC             

The Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural (SMSC) development of our students has always been at the heart of the education offered in Delta Academies.  The Academy’s approach to SMSC is embedded in the Delta ethos of mutual respect, partnership working and collaboration; an approach that we believe is fundamental to a full and positive participation in life in modern Britain.