Character education sits alongside our existing brilliant academic programme to ensure that students have access to a wide and balanced range of experiences throughout their time at school, giving them the opportunity to develop and embed our core values of Aspiration, Integrity and Pride
Our Character Education offer allows students to develop their existing artistic, creative, performance, sporting, debating, challenge, team and individual interests and to experience new ones.
Whether students are playing sport, taking part in expeditions, researching historical events, volunteering, performing in the school play or learning how to work as part of a team, all students develop the skills needed to take their place in the adult world and to build their cultural capital.
Our Character Education programme has elements which are voluntary and open to all students, such as the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme, Ten Tors expedition, dance and performing arts clubs, maths clubs and a wealth of sports clubs. Students can also sign up to our popular Champions Hour sessions to complete their homework in school and Y11 students have access to our IT room and library for a Winning Starts early morning session or a working lunch.
We also have targeted interventions, including timetabled sessions for our elite athletes in collaboration with Bristol Bears, or students from across the school working with partners at the Bristol Botanical Gardens and the Henbury Leisure Centre gym.
Finally, there is a programme of core activities which all students experience, such as our Year 7 and 8 choir and the Y7 camping trip to the Forest of Dean.
We have a very active Student Leadership Team, who represent the student body and who support the staff and school in the daily running of the school.
By taking part in a wide range of activities, students earn badges and rewards relating to their character development.