The academy has a thoughtful and ambitious curriculum that is designed to give all pupils the knowledge and cultural capital they need to become confident, resilient and independent.
To help achieve this ambition, during the secondary phase we run six Character Days during the academic year. Find out more about our character education.
On Character Days pupils are not in their normal timetabled lessons but have the chance to experience different activities and trips. This allows us to balance the delivery of the national curriculum whilst including PSHE, RSE, SMSC, and careers education and guidance. Character Days are held across all year groups (years 7 to 13), with common curriculum aims and themes on each day.
In previous years the academy has run six Character Days. Because of the Covid-19 pandemic, however, we have this year reduced this to four. In direct response to the Covid-19 pandemic, the theme for our first Character Day in 2020-21 is mental health and equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI).
Click HERE to download an outline of the content for our first character day of 2020-21, held on 9th October 2020.
How we measure their impact
The Character Day programme will be evaluated through pupil surveys, which are already part of the academy’s procedures. We reviewed last year's surveys for careers education and made sure the topics students wanted to learn about were included, as well as using contextual safeguarding from Bexley and Greenwich to inform our planning.
The Character Days have a hugely positive impact on pupils, providing skills and teaching knowledge they might not get outside the academy or within their timetabled lessons.
Download a summary of the content of our Character Days 2019-20.