St Pius X Catholic Primary School

'Restore all things in Christ'

01229 828406

Schneider Road, Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria LA14 4AA


HRSE/RSE Leader: Matthew Marshall

HRSE/RSE Governor: Josie Savage


Human Relationships and Sex Education (HRSE) is about formation. It is a process of human growth where young people are shown that they determine their own choices about how to live their lives. It is not simply about ‘delivering’ learning outcomes but about shaping the habits of a fulfilled life. The subject is taught in a cross-curricular way following a programme of study provided by the Catholic Diocese of Lancaster Education Service. This programme covers all of the objectives provided for in the government's RSE statutory guidance (, but it emphasises the teaching of these objectives through the wider Catholic life of the school.  


At St Pius X we are inspired by Jesus to be the very best we can be. We look after one another and show respect and love through our relationships with one another. Jesus is invited into our hearts. In the Beatitudes, Jesus invites us to lead a full life with him by explaining what makes people blessed or happy. This is about understanding how loving our neighbour enables us to be happy too. Therefore, having a good relationship with ourselves and the other people in our lives makes us grow and flourish and we respect that everyone is a unique and beautiful part of God’s creation. We are all children of God, called to grow in love for him through the person of Jesus Christ and to spread the Good News through the action of the Holy Spirit. With this in mind, we aim to provide HRSE teaching that encourages healthy relationships while reflecting all of our beliefs.

HRSE Policy (draft)

Below is the school's HRSE draft policy. The policy is awaiting confirmation, and is open to suggestions from school stakeholders. Please contact the school with queries or suggestions.

Programme of Study

Below is the programme of study provided by the Diocese of Lancaster. Our staff are currently in the process of mapping out where these objectives are met across the curriculum with the aim of identifying any gaps which need to be addressed, ready for full coverage by Summer 2021. Once the objectives have been cross-referenced, a document identifying links will be uploaded to this page.


Statutory Guidance

The section of the statutory guidance with regard to RSE in primary schools can be found at the following link:


Assessment forms part of the statutory framework. The HRSE programme includes a self-audit for schools. Every three years, at St Pius X we will use the Diocesan self-audit to monitor all aspects of HRSE. Governors will use the CES RSE audit tools to monitor their knowledge and understanding of this area. The HRSE framework and the elements of the statutory framework not covered by HRSE are monitored and assessed through whole school procedures. On occasion, the school will use questionnaires to evaluate students sense of well-being and may use written or practical assessments where appropriate, for example, to evaluate understanding of basic first aid.

Information for Parents

The above HRSE policy is currently in draft form pending full introduction in Summer 2021. If you have any questions or would like to make any suggestions, please do not hesitate to contact the school.