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Personal Development

We have a strong commitment to the personal development of our students to ensure that they leave the Academy as well rounded individuals.  We have rewritten our values statements based on our PRIDE acronym and believe that by demonstrating and developing these values students become well equipped for life.

Values table

We are introducing a way of students tracking their progress in meeting these values and show themselvesto be emerging, developing, secure or advanced in a particular area. They will be focussing on these values in both lessons and when they attend clubs and visits and other enrichment activities.

We recognise that the “curriculum provided by schools should extend beyond the academic, technical or vocational. Schools support pupils to develop in many diverse aspects of life…Schools are crucial in preparing pupils for their adult lives, teaching them to understand how to engage with society and providing them with plentiful opportunities to do so.” We will continue to develop the Acclaim programme this year and extend enrichment opportunities such as trips/ visits, the Duke of Edinburgh Award and the School Council.  We will also continue with our prefect system and will be looking for more students to join the prefects that we have.  Prefects take on additional responsibilities such as lunch time duties, litter picking and helping out at evening events.  Some of them have also worked with other students acting as in a mentoring capacity. We will have three personal development days as well as continuing with other enrichment days throughout the year. 

During tutor time students will concentrate on developing their cultural capital as follows:

One morning - Assembly
One morning - Personal development until October
One morning - Votes for Schools
One Morning - Acclaim
One Morning - Cultural development starting with famous people in history.

Votes for Schools

Like many schools we have subscribed to “Votes for Schools” as a means of generating debate and developing student voice.  It is a weekly current affairs voting platform where students will discuss current issues and then votes yes or no to a certain question.  Anonymised data is fed into a system to show how our school has voted in comparison to other schools who have voted. Attached is an information leaflet to allow you to engage with the topics with your child each week should you wish to do so. 

Acclaim programme

Acclaim aims to reduce cultural deficits which exist by promoting and providing opportunities both within, and outside of our curriculum. The Acronym stands for:

  • A - Adventurer
  • C - Competitor
  • C - Citizen of the world
  • L - Leader
  • A - Artist
  • I - Innovator
  • M - Mind to be kind

Students will demonstrate that they are growing, thriving or visible in these different areas by evidencing things they have done or achieved.  The Academy will endeavour to provide opportunities for students to develop as “Adventurers, “Citizens of the world” etc both within lessons and in other activities

Should you wish to find out more information about personal development at the Academy please contact
Ms Hartshorne Vice Principal.