In November, we held the first of our ‘Charter’ days, when the normal timetable is suspended, allowing staff and students to dig deeper into particular aspects of character education.
Mr Taylor said: “Curriculum enrichment days involve a great deal of planning, but the benefits are immense. Popping into classrooms as I have been doing throughout the day, it has been great to see each year group engaging with different elements of the Ridgeway Charter.”
Mr Ducker organised the day: “We want students to have the opportunity to take part in a whole range of activities and experiences in addition to their ‘normal’ lessons. Activities have been shaped around our ‘LEARN for Success’ vision: leadership, endurance, aspiration, respect and nurture.
For our first Charter Day of the year, Year 7 focused on respect, remembrance and kindness, the centrepiece of their day being the service of remembrance at Oxton St Saviour’s. Community environment was the theme for Year 8 – including thinking about online communities in which they are involved. Along with Year 7, they finished the day by taking part in an act of kindness session.
Year 9 looked at self-respect, involving learning for life topics around healthy relationships and sexual health. Year 10 were thinking about their future. This included working with external speakers to explore post-16 options such as apprenticeships, as well as an introduction to the online careers portal. Year 11 spent the day preparing for upcoming mock examinations, including useful sessions on revising effectively.
I am delighted that our first Charter Day proved to be such a success. I was amazed at how many students came up to me to say that they really enjoyed the day, particularly the chance to take part in acts of kindness.”