Parental Right to Withdraw

At MEA we understand the importance of educating pupils about sex, relationships and their health, for them to make responsible and well-informed decisions in their lives. The teaching of RSE and health education helps to prepare pupils for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of adult life. RSE supports the spiritual, moral, social, cultural, mental and physical development of students at school and in wider society. We have an obligation to provide pupils with high-quality, evidence and age-appropriate teaching of these subjects. 

If you have any queries or questions relating to Relationships and Sex Education at Manchester Enterprise Academy you can contact the curriculum Leader of Fantastic Futures by emailing

Relationships and Sex Education is part of all students’ education, and it is hoped that all will participate. However, the school acknowledges that, under the DFE Relationship & Sex Guidance for 2020, parents have the right to withdraw their children from all or part of the Sex Education programme, except for that part which occurs in the National Science Curriculum. 

There is no right to withdraw from Relationships Education or Health Education under the new guidance. Parents need to be aware, however, that Sex Education can occur at any time if it arises naturally from class discussion. 

Parents wishing to exercise that right are asked to make an appointment to meet with the curriculum leader of Fantastic Futures to discuss their concerns and if necessary, school will make alternative arrangements.  Alternatively, parents can write to the Principal to request this, using the form attached below.

It should be noted that under the new guidance, a child can request to receive sex education three terms before the child turns 16 and school should provide this in at least one of those terms.

Withdrawal Form: Click here

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