Alongside securing the best possible educational outcomes for our students, Knutsford Academy and Cheshire Studio School are committed to the personal development of every student within our school community. 

Our aims for a student's personal development are below. 


  • Responsible, respectful and active citizens who are able to play their part and become actively involved in public life as adults 
  • Students’ understanding of the fundamental British values of democracy, individual liberty, the rule of law and mutual respect and tolerance 
  • Students’ character, a set of positive personal traits, dispositions and virtues that informs their motivation and guides their conduct so that they reflect wisely, learn eagerly, behave with integrity and cooperate consistently well with others 
  • Students’ confidence, resilience and knowledge so that they can keep themselves mentally healthy 
  • Students’ understanding of how to keep physically healthy, eat healthily and maintain an active lifestyle, including giving ample opportunities for students to be active during the school day and through enrichment activities 
  • Students’ age-appropriate understanding of healthy relationships through appropriate relationships and sex education 


  • Equality of opportunity so that all students can thrive together, understanding that difference is a positive, not a negative, and that individual characteristics make people unique 
  • An inclusive environment that meets the needs of all students, irrespective of age, disability, gender reassignment, race, religion or belief, sex or sexual orientation 


  • Students to recognise online and offline risks to their wellbeing – for example, risks from criminal and sexual exploitation, domestic abuse, female genital mutilation, forced marriage, substance misuse, gang activity, radicalisation and extremism – and making them aware of the support available to them 
  • Students to recognise the dangers of inappropriate use of mobile technology and social media 


  • Readiness for the next phase of education, training or employment so that students are equipped to make the transition successfully

We seek to achieve these things through the various elements of our personal development offer, which includes:

  • Our PSHCE lessons
  • Our tutor time activities (including our 'Votes for Schools' programme)
  • Our SMSC (Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural) initiatives
  • Our commitment to EDI (Equality, Diversity and Inclusion)
  • Our extensive enrichment offer
  • Our careers education package