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Sex and Relationships Education      

Rationale

Sex and Relationships Education (SRE) is learning about sex, sexuality, emotions, relationships and sexual health. SRE promotes the spiritual, moral, cultural, emotional and physical development of students and prepares them for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of adult life.  Students learn to understand human sexuality, learn the reason for delaying sexual activity and learn about obtaining appropriate advice on sexual health.  SRE is about understanding the importance of marriage for family life, stable and loving relationships, respect, love and care.  It provides knowledge and encourages the acquisition of skills and attitudes that allow learners to manage their lives in a responsible and healthy way.

The school acknowledges and respects the fact that SRE is first and foremost the responsibility of parents and carers; however, in response to the statutory requirements laid down by the Education Act, 1993, the School has produced a Sex and Relationships Education Policy and Programme after consultation with the school's Governors, Headmaster and staff and with due reference to Department for Education Guidance for Schools Circular Number 5/93 "Education Act, 1993:  Sex Education in Schools".