At Ridgeway Academy, our character education offer is built around our core values: that everybody can achieve because of respect, responsibility and relationships.
Our aim is to embed these values into the student experience at Ridgeway Academy, crafting opportunities for students to widen their participation, offer their voice and to engage in extra-curricular programmes. There are many opportunities for students to build their character at Ridgeway, our Character Offer is constructed to recognise and record the achievements made by students during their seven year journey with us.
Students keep a record of what they have participated in using Unifrog and can add to it at regular intervals. Students will also be awarded with certificates when they complete either a bronze, silver or gold criterion, as recognised within the Character Offer document (see below). When students complete two gold criteria within the same value, students are awarded with a value badge. Ultimately, these all serve as a record for future employers, apprenticeships, colleges and universities.
To demonstrate ‘Respect’, students can achieve a Service Certificate for volunteerism and charity work. This ties in with our school House System and annual Charity Day. The Environment Certificate is awarded to those who make a positive impact on the local environment. This ties in with the Eco-School Award. The Diversity Certificate is awarded to students who demonstrate inclusivity and respect for humankind.
To demonstrate ‘Responsibility’, students can achieve an Adventure Certificate for completing residential trips and challenges. This includes Duke of Edinburgh expeditions, travelling with Camps International, faculty field trips and pastoral residentials. The Academic Certificate is awarded when students engage with higher/further education. The Brilliant Club is a scheme that Ridgeway Academy is involved in and offers students the opportunity to visit Cambridge University and undertake a dissertation. The Futures Certificate is awarded when students engage with careers education.
Finally, the ‘Relationships’ value recognises oracy, leadership and culture. The Oracy Certificate is awarded for public speaking and debate. Leadership Certificates are saved for students who hold positions of accountability within the school, including House Reps, Prefects, etc. Lastly, the Culture Certificate recognises when students take part in creative and expressive arts.
Faculties within Ridgeway Academy are also encouraged to publish their own offer; activities and competitions that students can complete as additional pathways to demonstrate ‘Respect’, ‘Responsibility’ and ‘Relationships’.