Sex and Relationship Education (SRE)


At St Mary’s we teach Sex and Relationship Education (SRE) as part of our integrated PSHE curriculum.

A comprehensive programme of SRE provides accurate information about the body, reproduction, sex, and sexual health. It also gives our children and young people essential skills for building positive, enjoyable, respectful and non-exploitative relationships and staying safe both on and offline. Through SRE we inform children about sex and relationship issues, with regard to morality and individual responsibility, in a way that allows children to ask and explore moral questions.

Some parts of SRE are compulsory – these are the parts taken from the National Curriculum for Science. However, parents can withdraw their children from all other parts of SRE if they want.


The SRE curriculum at St. Mary’s is defined by the following objectives:

  • To understand scientific anatomical names, puberty and the physical development of their bodies growing into adults
  • To understand how humans reproduce
  • To respect their bodies and the importance of sexual activity as part of a committed, long-term and loving relationship
  • To understand that there are different types of families, all of which have equal value
  • To be aware of abuse, and what they should do if they are worried about any sexual matters
  • To be aware of the influence of the media and how to stay safe with modern technology
  • To understand where to go for further advice


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