Click here: Framework Principles for Character Education at Castle View Academy
Whilst academic success is very important, at Castle View Academy we believe that there is more to a good education. As well as ensuring our students succeed in exams, we aim to develop character, compassion and service. Throughout their time at Castle View Academy, students are expected to contribute to our school community and to society. We want students to try things they cannot do, to persist in the face of difficulty and to become resilient in overcoming obstacles.
With this in mind, we provide a breadth of opportunities and experiences which seek to help our students become confident, well-rounded and ambitious young adults. Our curriculum and enrichment programme is overflowing with opportunities to try something new and develop new skills. In addition to our very wide range of extracurricular clubs, our students enjoy trips to Disney Land (Paris) and the Lake District, university visits, talks by inspirational speakers from the worlds of medicine, law and business as well as countless opportunities to collaborate with their peers at United Learning schools across the country.
We are incredibly proud to deliver an Education with Character; an education which challenges, inspires and excites our students and prepares them for the ups and downs of life.
Following the Government’s decision to close schools in England from Tuesday, 5th January, Castle View Academy have created an online opportunity for students to continue developing character whilst away from school.
This opportunity allows students to put to practice all the values they have been learning about in the last few years and to show families and friends what a well-rounded young person they are developing into. This will be in addition to the delivery of lesson content over Microsoft Teams or Show My Homework as it is vitally important that creativity and character are developed alongside a core curriculum offer.
Parents play a crucial role within the process. We ask that parents/carers actively encourage their child to engage in these activities and then reinforce these character values at home.
The Character Passport
Castle View Academy has launched a character passport that asks students to gather evidence on a range of engaging activities at home. This includes not only assemblies on current affairs and cultural events but also a range of activities students asked for.
By completing a number of outline surveys, we were able to find out what the students wanted to learn more about. Consequently, in the spirit of “You Said, We Did” these activities include:
- mental health advice
- managing your finances
- staying healthy
- world events
- organisation and determination
- writing competitions
- plus a whole lot more!
The framework of the Character Passport also emphasises the importance of leadership at home. Which students have supported families at home? Who has helped clear up inside the house or in an outside space? Perhaps even cooked a meal for the family?
Students need to work through and create evidence to show they have completed these varying tasks. They can submit their evidence as they go along, supporting a pathway to achieving bronze, silver or gold awards - or perhaps all three!