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Hadleigh Junior School

South East Essex Academy Trust (SEEAT)

Personal Development

Personal development is about developing a person's character, capabilities and potential, with the aim of enhancing quality of life and the realisation of aspirations. Personal development increases self-awareness, self-esteem and skills for life.  

 At HJS we support children to acquire the knowledge, understanding and skills they need to manage their lives, now and in the future. Our approach to personal development aims to achieve our core mission:  

We create an inclusive and nurturing environment, where our pupils benefit from a high quality academic, social and emotional education, preparing them to be respectful, empathetic citizens, equipped to participate in and contribute to the rapidly changing world.

Our whole school approach promotes effective relationships between all members of the school community. The promotion of pupils’ personal and social development underpins learning.


Skills Children Learn:

  • The Development of self-understanding, empathy and healthy, productive relationships 
  • Relationships Education 
  • Respect and care for everyone is our number one rule 
  • To take pride in themselves and their work is our second school rule 
  • To develop a growth mind-set and apply metacognitive approaches to learning is our third and final main school rule 
  • Eating healthily and health lifestyles 
  • Keeping safe in a wide variety of situations, including online and when using technology   
  • The promotion of good mental health 
  • To use our core values of Resilience, Independence, Creativity and Inquisitiveness in the face of challenges 
  • Restorative Justice approaches to resolve conflicts 
  • Participation skills: sporting, music, volunteering, charity, responsibility etc


Community Links:

Throughout the school year, we are fortunate to have various visitors to help bring our Personal Development curriculum to life, including visits from, but not limited to: 

  • The Fire Service 
  • Local businesses 
  • Road safety experts 
  • Religious groups 
  • NatWest Bank for MoneySense 
  • Visitors to enhance our curriculum  
  • The Bikeabilty Team 
  • Southend United Community and Educational Trust 


Anti- Bullying:

Hadleigh Junior School promotes an environment free from threat, harassment and any type of bullying behaviour. 

 Please read our Anti-bullying Policy for full details here:



Relationships and Sex Education (RSE):

Hadleigh Junior School promote the development of healthy, safe relationships through our tailored curriculum.  

 Please read our RSE Policy for further details:  



Extra-curricular Opportunities:

Hadleigh Junior School is committed to ensuring that all pupils benefit from extra-curricular opportunities throughout each academic year.  

 We track pupil participation to identify pupils not currently engaging and then plan opportunities for them to get involved in wider experiences.  

 We offer an extensive range of clubs covering sport, music, languages and technology.  

Please see our clubs timetable for this term’s opportunities.  

In addition to this all year groups have one curriculum experience day on site (usually with a special visitor), one local visit and one out of area visit each year.  

Each year Year 4 have a one night sleepover at school, Year 5 have a two night adventurous activity residential and Year 6 have a four night residential to the Isle of Wight.  


Additional annual learning experiences also include, but are not limited to:  

  •  Mock Election Week 
  • Anti-bullying Week 
  • Black History Month  
  • Children in Need Week 
  • World Book Day 
  • Online Safety Week 
  • Enterprise Fortnight  
  • Termly year group charity and volunteering (see below table) 
  • SEESMA Music Festival  
  • BATIC’s Got Talent 
  • District Sports 
  • Sports Day 


Pupil Leadership and Responsibilities: 

 Throughout their time at HJS pupils will have many and varied leadership opportunities. These include, but are not limited to: 

  • Prefects 
  • Sports Captains 
  • PSHE Team 
  • School Parliament Eco Warriors 
  • Office Monitors 
  • Class Monitors 
  • Cloakroom Monitors 


Charity/Volunteering and Parental Engagement Projects:


guiding principles for the seeat experience for pupils july 2023 .pdf






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