In Years 12 and 13, students continue to receive one 50 minute lesson each week. Whilst students are encouraged to extend their knowledge and understanding of key issues such as Democracy and Participation, the Criminal Justice System, Personal Finance and the Economy, there is a greater emphasis on critical analysis and evaluation. Personal responsibility for health and money, and the importance of engaging positively within the community are also explored, thus ensuring that students leave St Joan of Arc equipped to deal with the challenges faced by young citizens both in higher education and the world of work.

There is flexibility within the programme, allowing students to pursue topics of particular relevance and interest to them as citizens. Guest speakers also form an important part of this core subject. Over the past four years students have met local parliamentary candidates, a human rights activist, a speaker from Everyman Cancer Research, the school nurse, mental health workers, road traffic police, local councillors and David Gauke our local M.P. Students have the opportunity to take part in competitions.

To date Sixth Formers have won the Smoke Free Hertfordshire competition, have been runners up in the regional heats of the Bar National Mock Trial competition and have submitted entries in the ‘For My Girlfriend’ Road Safety Competition. Whilst there are no examinations in this subject, the intrinsic value of this compulsory subject is that it contributes to the education of the whole person, giving each individual the confidence to make considered and informed decisions in a variety of contexts.

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