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Personal Development

Personal Development at The Lancaster Academy

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 a set of values statements which are based on our PRIDE acronym, and we believe that by demonstrating and developing these values students become well equipped for life. These are promoted within lessons, during tutor times and assemblies and we expect students to demonstrate these values in their approach to all aspects of their school life.

Values table

We have introduced a way of students tracking their progress in meeting these values and show themselves to 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 and the School Council. We will also continue with our prefect system and will be continue to look 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 personal development days or opportunities and continue with other enrichment days and opportunities 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.

This will change in the spring term to include a focus on literacy/oracy and students in year 11 may have additional intervention tutor time sessions.

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 promote cultural capital 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 are visible in these different areas by evidencing things they have done or achieved. The Academy will endeavour to provide opportunities for students to develop these opportunities 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.