The teaching of Personal, Social and Health Education (including elements of Educating for Social Responsibility) at Russell House encourages pupils:
- To know what constitutes a healthy lifestyle.
- To be aware of safety and risk.
- To understand what makes for good relationships with others and to develop social skills to enable successful relationships with all members of their community.
- To learn to respect and understand common humanity, diversity and differences.
- To be an independent and responsible member of the school, local and global community, and to gain an understanding of their role as citizens.
- To find out about the main political and social institutions which affect their lives and to understand what it means to be a positive and active member of a democratic society.
- To develop self-confidence and self esteem.
- To be able to make informed decisions about personal, social, physical, spiritual, moral and cultural issues.
- To develop financial capability for future economic well-being.
The syllabus is structured to ensure continuity and progression. In the Main School, it is based around a programme of study approved by the PSHE Association. All classes from Form 2 upwards take part in the Sustainable School Education for Social Responsibility programme, dedicating one term to the study of an allocated topic. They also spend time learning about basic personal finances.
Children take part in many activities including, Safety in Action, Project Salus, First Aid and Life Skills (which is an introduction to issues of puberty). In addition, Form 7 takes responsibility for the school recycling scheme, run in conjunction with Sevenoaks District Council.
The whole Russell House community is actively involved in supporting a variety of charities. In recent years this has included Porchlight, Shine, Kent Air Ambulance Trust, Demelza House Childrens' Hospice, Children in Need, Comic Relief and The Royal Marsden's Children Unit.