Social Enterprise &
SERVICE TO COMMUNITIES
Our Curriculum teaches young people critical life-long skills such as collaboration, resourcefulness and accountability. Pupils take on increasingly responsible leadership roles that culminate in Leadership and Social Enterprise Projects in which they identify a community concern, and then plan, execute and evaluate a project to address it. Through these projects, our pupils:
- Successfully manage challenging projects, from articulating a vision to project realisation
- Anticipate and manage risks through strategic communication
- Understand the role of advocacy
- Manage stressful situations and negotiate with confidence
- Build networks across multiple communities and stakeholders
- Create and manage budgets that align to strategy
- Lead and manage people
- See change through a new lens
Our Young Entrepreneurs initiative empowers pupils to develop their business and entrepreneurial skills. Pupils learn about what it takes to succeed in the business world, the importance of managing their finances responsibly, and the skills that employers are looking for. Pupils are given the opportunity to work together to develop and implement their own small business plan, making a variety of strategic and operational decisions to ensure their company’s success.
The Young Entrepreneurs programme enhances pupils’ employability and makes the world of business more accessible and relevant to them. By developing their problem-solving skills, using their initiative, learning about budgets and financing, and working as part of a team, our pupils develop vital leadership characteristics that prepare them for the next stage of their education, employment or training.
Duke of Edinburgh Award
The Duke of Edinburgh award is one of the most popular and widely-recognised youth achievement awards in the country, open to children between the ages of 14-24. Pupils can participate in a wide range of activities, adventures and challenges in order to attain Bronze, Silver and Gold awards. Through testing their mental resilience and physical endurance, our pupils develop greater levels of self-belief, along with leadership skills that will enhance their CVs and university applications.
The NCS programme is open to our Year 11 pupils. This leadership programme helps our young people develop their confidence and skills so that they are prepared not only for the world of work but to support their local community. The programme promotes resilience and social cohesion. Pupils get the opportunity to participate in a residential experience, workshops with people from the world of business, the Services and the Charity sector. They also undertake a social action project to help support our local area.
Combined Cadet Force
The Academy offers the opportunity for pupils to join the Combined Cadet Force (CCF). The CCF (Army) is the Army Cadets section of the Combined Cadet Force.
The CCF (Army) aims to promote the qualities of responsibility, self-reliance, resourcefulness and a sense of service to the community. Activities include drill, skill at arms, shooting, field craft and first aid. Up to 40% of a cadet’s time is spent on adventurous training activities. By joining the CCF (Army) cadets, pupils will also have the opportunity to get involved with volunteer and charitable work in the community and to gain nationally recognised qualifications such as the Duke of Edinburgh’s award and BTECs.
It provides an opportunity to take part in Army themed activities and events, all of which focus on building self-disciplined individuals with self-courage and a sense of worth. As a youth organisation, the CCF (Army) strives to give cadets a fun and safe experience. There is no commitment or expectation on cadets to join the regular Armed Forces when they have completed their schooling. For more information, please see the CCF prospectus.