From September 2020, Health, Relationships and Sex Education became compulsory for all secondary schools. In the area of Relationships, Sex and Health Education (HRSE) the Catholic character of the school requires it to remain faithful to the Church’s beliefs and teaching on matters of faith, morality, human dignity and relationships.  

The HRSE element of the school’s PSHE programme makes use of ‘Ten Ten: Life to the Full’ resources. These are approved for use by both the Catholic Education Service as well as Catholic Dioceses in England & Wales. All parents are provided with unique access to ‘Ten:Ten: Life to the Full’ resources in order that they are aware of the content and structure of the HRSE programme. In delivering the PSHE programme, including HRSE, the school is sensitive to the cultural, personal and family circumstances of our students, while maintaining the integrity of Catholic belief and teaching. 


HRSE at St Benedict’s aims to: 


  • be faithful to the Church’s vision of human wholeness whilst recognising the contemporary context in which we live today 
  • involve parents as they are primary educators of their child 
  • provide a positive view of human sexuality and dignity of the human person 
  • equip young people with the ability to make practical judgments about the right thing to do in various circumstances 
  • explore and promote virtues which are essential to promoting respect and dignity 
  • be delivered in an age-appropriate way which reflects the development of the child 
  • be sensitive to the needs of the individual pupil and recognise the mix of pupils with different sexual orientations, genders, and family backgrounds in each class 
  • is seen as an integrated part of the broad and balanced curriculum that Catholic schools offer 
  • have the resources are delivered by the RE staff during the school drop down weeks.  


Right to withdraw from HRSE.Parents / carers are able to withdraw their child from HRSE lessons, though they are not able to withdraw them from statutory science lessons. They should contact the Pastoral Lead for Transition if their child is in Year 6, or the Senior Leader with responsibility for HRSE. Parents / carers considering this will be asked to a discussion with the Headteacher around the benefits of receiving this education, the purpose of the curriculum in a Catholic context and any detrimental effects that withdrawal might have on the child. A discussion will follow involving the child to ensure their wishes are understood. Following discussions, except in exceptional circumstances, the school will respect the parents’ request to withdraw the child, up to and until three terms before the child turns 16. This will be recorded by the Senior Leader with responsibility for HRSE. After that point, if the child wishes to receive sex education rather than be withdrawn, the school will make arrangements to provide the child with sex education during one of those terms. Elements of HRSE are delivered in RE lesson, science lessons in year 7 Autumn Term and Y10, PE and Computing lessons and in tutor time.  


What is Life to the Full? 

Life to the Full is an HRSE programme based on statutory Department of Education guidance. The programme is rooted in a Christian understanding of the human person provided by the Catholic Education Service. It is inclusive and recognises everyone as an individual. 

The teaching includes lessons on puberty, personal hygiene, fertility, menstruation, family and friends, an understanding of the body, sexuality, marriage, gender, online relationships, social media, consent, grooming, pressure, STIs, contraception, abortion/miscarriage, drugs and alcohol, pornography, and sexual exploitation. 

Parent Portal – Access to Ten:Ten Resources 

Following the consultation with parents in May 2021, we believe you will find it useful to access to the resources we’ll be using in our teaching of HRSE. We have made access available to all parents/carers of our pupils through the online Parent Portal. 

The portal provides you with information about the programme children will be following, access to resources, and suggestions for further activities at home. Resources include: 

  • An overview of the Life to the Full programme 
  • Guidance for parents on the content of lessons 
  • Activities that can be undertaken at home to support the delivery of the programme 

To access the portal: 

Click here to access the portal. 


Click on ‘Enter Secondary Schools’. 

Scroll down and choose a year group from the left-hand side to see relevant notes and resources. 

Parent Consultation Tool 

The Ten:Ten Parent Consultation Tool has short units that you can dip in and out of as you wish. It is intended to introduce you to the ‘Life to the Full’ programme and help you best support your child’s social, moral, cultural and spiritual education. The units include: 


  • Vision: This will help you understand the vision and purpose of the ‘Life to the Full’ programme. 
  • Overview: This will give you an overview of the structure and broad content of the programme from Year 7 to Year 11. 
  • First Educators: This will explore the ‘first educator’ role of parents, and the ways in which this programme supports that role through the Online Parent Portal. 
  • FAQs: Answers to lots of the questions which parents may have about the programme.