At Winterton Community Academy we understand that the curriculum extends beyond the academic, technical or vocational. We recognise that in order to develop the whole child we must provide opportunities and experiences that build their confidence and resilience, that develop and nurture talents and provide experiences that allow pupils to develop into positive members of the community. We aim to develop pupils’ character, which we define as a set of positive personal traits, dispositions and virtues that informs their motivation and guides their conduct so that they reflect wisely, learn eagerly, behave with integrity and cooperate consistently well with others. This gives pupils the qualities they need to flourish in our society. As part of this, we aim to develop and deepen pupils’ understanding of the fundamental British values of democracy, individual liberty, the rule of law and mutual respect, together with tolerance enabling them to become developing responsible, respectful and active citizens who are able to play their part and become actively involved in public life as adults.
We promote equality of opportunity so that all pupils can thrive together, understanding that difference is a positive, not a negative, and that individual characteristics make people unique. This enables us to promote an inclusive environment that meets the needs of all pupils, irrespective of age, disability, gender reassignment, race, religion or belief, sex or sexual orientation.
At Winterton we will also educate students about how to keep safe, physically, mentally and online. This will be done through PSHE lessons, external speakers and during assemblies. We will enable pupils to recognise online and offline risks to their well-being, for example, risks from criminal and sexual exploitation, domestic abuse, female genital mutilation, forced marriage, substance misuse, gang activity, radicalisation and extremism and making them aware of the support available to them. We will also enable pupils to recognise the dangers of inappropriate use of mobile technology and social media developing pupils’ age-appropriate understanding of healthy relationships through appropriate relationships and sex education.
We will develop pupils’ confidence, resilience and knowledge so that they can keep themselves mentally healthy developing pupils’ understanding of how to keep physically healthy, eat healthily and maintain an active lifestyle, including giving ample opportunities for pupils to be active during the school day and through extra-curricular activities.
Winterton also aims to develop our pupils’ readiness for the next phase of education, training or employment through an extensive aspirations and careers programme in order to ensure pupils are equipped to make the transition successfully.