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Success for Life

Head of Faculty: Mrs McKay

Success for Life is the over-arching umbrella that encompasses personal development across the whole of the Denefield curriculum. It includes weekly lessons for all students in Key Stage 3 and cyclical lessons for all students in Key Stage 4, as well as tutor time sessions each day, of which two sessions are specifically dedicated to covering S4L topics, and one dedicated to an assembly. These sessions include delivered content that ranges from important issues in the news which may affect the lives of our students, or anyone in the global community, to information about other cultures, religions and parts of the world, to ways to stay safe and healthy, now and later in the lives of our students, their families and their friends.

S4L is ‘at the heart’ of school life, encompassing and developing our CHARACTER values. It requires students to think about the kind of people we aspire to be and the kind of world we aspire to live in and create. Through S4L lessons and sessions, students develop the knowledge, skills and attributes they need to keep themselves healthy, safe and prepared for life and work.

This page provides:

  • an intent statement
  • course content overview
  • information on tutor time sessions and assemblies.

If you require further information regarding our curriculum please contact the Head of Faculty as detailed above.


Success for life faculty curriculum intent

Detailed curriculum intent statement can be accessed here.

Course Overviews

Course Overviews
All groups will have a current affairs session delivered on a Monday. This will consist of content provided by The Day or Newsround websites. Tutors will be guided to the content, and it will consist of news overviews, clips, quizzes and debating topics to encourage participation, articulacy and an opportunity to share views and enhance both listening and speaking skills, question skills and also to display characteristics including empathy, tolerance, curiosity and awareness of what is happening in the world around them.  

On another day, set by houses, students will take part in a rewards and recognition session during tutor time. This will consist of activities such as celebrating the academic, extra-curricular and house point successes of the individuals on the group amongst other awards and achievements. 

Tutor Time
There are two S4L sessions per week which cover areas of the S4L curriculum underpinned by SMSC (Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural values), PSHE and RSE education. There is one assembly for each house a week, one session dedicated to current affairs and one session to recognise and reward the successes of the tutees. These sessions are delivered each day by the tutor team, with assemblies delivered by SLT, Heads of House and staff who are topic specialists or leading on an issue. They are also delivered by the tutor groups themselves and the student leadership team which includes the Head Boy and Head Girl.

The tutor time and assembly programme can be accessed here.

We are an adaptive and flexible department that reacts to current issues and concerns, therefore our content is subject to change at short notice.