The academy has a thoughtful and ambitious curriculum that is designed to give all pupils the knowledge and cultural capital they need to become responsible, effective and active citizens.
To help achieve this ambition, during the secondary phase we run six Character Days during the academic year.
On these six days, pupils are not in their normal timetabled lessons, but have the chance to experience different activities and trips. These six Character Days are held across all year groups (years 7 to 13), with one every half term, and with common curriculum aims and themes on each day.
One of the academy’s mantras is ‘Character is Key’. This is constantly referred to by staff and is reiterated regularly during assemblies and throughout Character Days. Through the half-termly Character Days students are supported to become confident, resilient and independent.
How we implement our Character Days
The outline for our Character Days in 2019-20 is below. These days have been mapped out to include PSHE, RSE, SMSC, and careers education/guidance, with a particular focus on character, as well as planned opportunities for school trips.
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.