Our PRAISE ethos is at the forefront of Personal Development:
We foster a positive environment where students learn to maintain a constructive outlook, even in challenging situations.
We help students develop the ability to bounce back from setbacks, promoting emotional strength and perseverance.
We inspire our students to aim high and set ambitious goals for their future, motivating them to reach their full potential.
Inclusivity is vital in our school. We encourage an environment where all students feel valued, regardless of their background or abilities.
We celebrate and encourage success in all its forms, whether academic, personal, or extracurricular.
We cultivate empathy, teaching students to understand and respect the feelings of others, fostering a caring and compassionate community.
Our PRAISE ethos can be seen throughout all aspects of the school day to continually develop our students' character. Students are rewarded when they demonstrate PRAISE through additional stamps, postcards, and invitations to Celebration Breakfasts or Golden Book. Each half-term we focus on one particular element of PRAISE, ensuring that everybody understands why we place such value on this attribute.
Our Personal Development calendar aims to ensure that all students are exposed to a range of planned opportunities every week, including assemblies (both staff, student, and visitor led), a well-sequenced PSHE curriculum, Personal Development lessons, and tutor reflection opportunities. Stand-alone enrichment days/weeks, such as Careers Day, Anti-Bullying Week, and European Day of Languages, are also part of this offer.
We also have a broad range of extra-curricular clubs and activities, and run mentoring programmes to ensure that those who need it are offered a more personalised approach.
This academic year, all students will take part in Personal Development lessons. These sessions link to the school ethos of 'PRAISE'. In every lesson, pupils will be encouraged to connect what they have learned to one, or multiple, of the six key themes of PRAISE - positivity, resilience, aspiration, inclusion, success, and empathy. Lesson Intentions also aim to develop pupils' understanding of British Values and how to become more responsible and active citizens.