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. However, to respond to the Covid-19 pandemic we have reduced this to three Character Days in 2020-21. 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.
Character Day 1 – Friday 9th October 2020
In direct response to the Covid-19 pandemic, the theme for our first Character Day in 2020-21 was 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.
Character Day 2 – Tuesday 25th May 2021
Character Day 2 is centred around careers education. We believe it is important for all students to be aware of the labour market in the surrounding area. Using the local context and the interests of each year group we are planning a bespoke series of sessions. Students have completed a survey based on their career interests. This is the information we are using to plan Character Day 2.
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.