Personal Development & Culture

Personal Development at Hull Trinity House Academy

Here at Hull Trinity House Academy, we pride ourselves in providing a rich personal development curriculum which enables our students to develop into well-rounded members of society. Our Personal Development programme is tailored specifically to meet the needs of the school’s local context whilst at the same time equipping pupils with the knowledge, skills and understanding needed to play their full part in an ever-changing world in the 21st century. 

Our programme is delivered through a combination of discrete timetabled lessons, tutor time and an assembly programme, presentations and events delivered by external providers, plus a series of progressive “Drop Down Days” days, as well as emphasising a range of cross curricular links across a wide range of subjects.

Our Personal Development programme encompasses the following areas below:

Ethics, Philosophy and Citizenship (EPC)

The EPC curriculum at Hull Trinity House places social and personal development at the heart of its design, with group discussion, self-expression and the promotion of tolerance and respect towards the opinions of others. It provides opportunities for students to develop confidence, resilience and knowledge to stay mentally and physically healthy.              

Religious Education is also embedded throughout the EPC curriculum, as students are able to explore the 6 main world religions of Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Sikhism, Buddhism and Hinduism, in order to develop skills of reflection, respect and tolerance. Religious quotes are woven into schemes of learning such as “Evil and Suffering” and are interpreted alongside some religious practices and core beliefs.


With income deprivation and unemployment levels in the local area significantly above national averages, we are fully committed to ensuring that our CEIAG provides enough time to achieve all eight of The Gatsby Benchmarks, working alongside various organisations.  A mixture of tutor time activities and progressive step-up days and events provide opportunities for employer contact and Enterprise Education. We also work very closely with Progress Careers to ensure that the advice and guidance our students receive is bespoke and impartial.


Our RSE curriculum provision gives due regard to the DfE’s statutory guidance on sex and relationship education as well as focusing in more detail on issues most relevant to students in our local context. Specific needs, as they arise are responded to and incorporated into our planning, plus curriculum content is once again ‘stepped’ to ensure that key issues are revisited in later years and in greater depth. We also work closely with BigTalk Education to ensure that students in each year group receive specific, bespoke information in a safe and supportive way.

British Values and SMSC

The Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural (SMSC) development of our students has always been at the heart of the education offered in Delta Academies.  The Academy’s approach to SMSC is embedded in the Delta ethos of mutual respect, partnership working and collaboration; an approach that we believe is fundamental to a full and positive participation in life in modern Britain.

Examples of how fundamental British Values, including democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, mutual respect, and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs, are actively promoted across the Academy and include:

  • Weekly year group assemblies led by academy leaders or guest speakers.
  • Student voice activities.
  • Student Council.
  • EPC lessons and “Drop Down” days e.g. First Aid and CPR training.
  • Religious Education through EPC topics.
  • Healthy schools’ initiatives.
  • Cross curricular initiatives.
  • After school clubs and enrichment activities.
  • Charity work.
  • Sporting events.
  • Links with the wider community, e.g. litter picking.
  • Cultural experiences, trips, visits, and other opportunities for learning outside the classroom.

Cultural Capital

We encourage our students to take part in a wide range of trips and visits, both local, national, and international. Students also experience weekly “HTH – This is culture” presentations during tutor times which include knowledge and information about musicians (both classical and modern,) international buildings and landmarks, national and international sporting events, famous painters and artists, careers and labour market information, religion and British values. Students experience different music each week on the academy gates in the morning and afternoons as the enter and leave, and we also have an assembly programme which further contributes towards developing students into well-rounded members of society.