Personal Development and Character

Personal Development and Character

Personal development at Penrice Academy is unique and exceptional. Built on our core values of Pride, Respect and Success; students at Penrice experience a breadth of opportunities to help them to develop their character and grow into confident, independent you adults.

Pride

Our students are proud to be part of this community. They take pride in how they present and conduct themselves, and in the quality of work they produce. Our staff take pride in their work with students to develop them both academically and socially.

Respect

We are respectful of each other and our beliefs, allowing individuals to grow into their own unique self without fear of prejudice.

Success

Students at Penrice are able to feel successful every day, not just through the outstanding academic results they achieve, but through small wins each time progress is made or an obstacle is overcome, knowing that being the best version of themselves is the ultimate quest and the only expectation we have.

Our approach to Personal Development & Character

Personal development is a golden thread that is at the heart of everything we do at Penrice. We strive to deliver a world class programme of opportunities for students to develop into exceptional young adults.


Enrichment – Penrice Plus

Our exceptional extra-curricular enrichment offer includes over 30 different clubs each term in sports, the arts, wellbeing and academia.
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Enrichment – Curriculum Enrichment Week (CEW)

For the final week of the academic year, our Key Stage 3 students have an unparalleled range of trips, visits and opportunities to develop their character and have new experiences.
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Enrichment – Duke of Edinburgh

Students can take part in the Duke of Edinburgh Award programme whilst at Penrice, gaining Bronze and Silver Awards. They can also take part in the Ten Tors Event.
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Enrichment – Representation

All students have a broad range of opportunities to represent our school in sporting, academic and artistic events. Each time they represent the school they earn a Penrice Cap.
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Unique Traditions – Ballroom Dancing

Every year at Penrice our Year 11 students are taught how to Ballroom Dance ahead of their Prom. This is one of our unique traditions that makes Penrice special.
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Unique Traditions – Mini Medics

We offer all of our Year 7 students the chance to develop basic skills in First Aid and Defibrillation. We then deliver refresher training throughout their time with us, ensuring that every student knows how to save a life.
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Unique Traditions – Charity Work

Raising money for charity is at the heart of the Penrice community. All of our students have the chance to get involved in our fundraising efforts. In the last ten years we have raised over £50,000 for charity.
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Unique Traditions – Celebration Assemblies

Each term, our Heads of Year lead Celebration Assemblies, sharing the success of their year group and rewarding students who have demonstrated our school values of Pride, Respect and Success.
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Unique Traditions – Year 11 Guard of Honour

As out students leave us in Year 11, our Year 10 students take great pride in forming a guard of honour to pass the baton on as leaders in our school.
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Developing Well-Rounded Pupils – Careers Education

We deliver an extraordinary range of activities, workshops, meetings and events for our students to find their future career pathways.
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Developing Well-Rounded Pupils – Tutor Time Character Sessions

Through our tutor time Character Curriculum, students explore a range of virtues and character traits. There are cohesively planned with our tutor reading programme and assemblies.
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Developing Well-Rounded Pupils – Reading Programme

Students in Years 7 to 9 spend three mornings a week being read to by their tutor. This aims to develop reading skills and, through carefully selected texts, develop cultural capital and character.
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Developing Well-Rounded Pupils – CLASS Lessons

All of our students have a regular timetabled lesson in Culture, Lifestyle and Society Studies in which we deliver the Relationship and Sex Education curriculum as well as the PSHE curriculum. This is supported through a range of enrichment days.
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Developing Well-Rounded Pupils – Student Leadership

Throughout their time at Penrice students have the opportunity to develop leadership skills. This is particularly relevant in Key Stage 4 where pupils are able to apply for a range of prefect roles, receiving the distinguished Black and Blue striped Penrice prefect tie.
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