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The Education of the Whole Person

We offer young people the experience of life in a community founded on Gospel values and working in harmony. Through this and a variety of educational experiences and interactions we aim to prepare young people for a life working with others in communities which maybe diverse socially, culturally and religiously. We recognise that it is also important to help pupils to understand their own ethnic identity and cultural heritage as well as helping them to understand that of others irrespective of whether the school serves or is located in an ethnically diverse community.

Personal Development Programme (PDP)

At St Peter and St Paul, we are dedicated to promoting values which ensure our students develop a strong sense of social and moral responsibility, and which prepare them for life in modern day Britain.  SMSC (spiritual, moral, social and cultural development) underpins every aspect of our provision and is supported by the Catholic nature of our academy.

Through PDP, we promote British Values in order for our students to:

  • develop their self-knowledge, self-esteem and self-confidence
  • distinguish right from wrong and to respect the civil and criminal law of England
  • accept responsibility for their behaviour, show initiative, and to understand how they can contribute positively to the lives of those living and working in the locality of the school and to society more widely
  • acquire a broad general knowledge of and respect for public institutions and services in England
  • acquire an appreciation for and respect for their own and other cultures and promote tolerance and harmony between different cultural traditions
  • encourage respect for other people
  • encourage respect for democracy and support for participation in the democratic processes, including respect for the basis on which the law is made and applied in England.

At St Peter and St Paul, pupils from all year groups form our vertical tutor groups reflecting the diversity of our academy.  Each tutor group is a part of the extended ‘family’ of their Faculty and hence the whole academy.  It is a family learning to empathise, care, show consideration for others and grow together.

As part of tutor time all students follow the Living Stones programme giving them the opportunity to think and reflect on different values and the practical implications of expressing them in relation to themselves, others, the community, Britain and the world at large.  The aim is to support our students to make positive personal choices now and in the future.  They will be encouraged to choose their own personal, social, moral and spiritual values and be aware of the practical ways for developing them.

Whole school assemblies take place each week and all Houses meet together for a weekly assembly.

Citizenship is delivered across the curriculum in Years 7 – 11, supplemented by activities in the two designated ‘Aspire Days’ and Conscience Week.

Two Aspire Days are organised throughout the year for all students, including Sixth Form.  Activities are based around the citizenship programme of study, promoting British Values, Health and Relationships Education and Careers Education.

Students have the opportunity, during Conscience Week, to explore aspects from the Aspire Days further; including workshops and activities focused on, for example, health, relationships, rights and responsibilities, finance, careers.

During the year, visiting speakers and presenters, work with a range of groups; these include National Citizenship Service, NHS Careers, e-safety, armed forces careers, authors and poets.

All students have the opportunity to be elected onto the School Council.  This active body of students promotes awareness of charities and encourages the whole school community to become involved in fundraising to support others, both locally and wider.

Sixth Form

At St Peter and St Paul’s Sixth Form we aim to develop the whole student and give them the tools with which they can deal with life’s challenges whilst maintaining respect for themselves and for others around them. We also encourage our students to be leaders within the Academy and have recently introduced Head and Deputy Head Student positions. These positions allow students to help offer a vision for the development of the Academy and Sixth Form.

In order to help our students develop in other areas of life, all Sixth Formers have two ‘Enrichment’ lessons per week. This time has been allocated for students to organise, lead or participate in an activity that will help them develop skills that they will benefit from. Enrichment activities cover a range of opportunities including UCAS applications; apprenticeship fairs; visits to the gym; work experience; book club; classroom assistants in KS3 / 4 lessons; university guest speakers including sample lectures.

All Sixth Form students are involved in activities in the two Aspire Days that will help them build confidence and broaden their experiences. The course is designed to help prepare them for life after St Peter and St Paul Academy, be it university, employment, apprenticeship or other.

Through Careers Guidance students are actively encouraged, from the start, to research and develop their knowledge of Higher Education courses available as well as the opportunities for GAP year, work experience and apprenticeships. There is considerable help and advice given on applying to university, via UCAS, with excellent support for those students wishing to aspire to Oxford or Cambridge Universities. The Academy works very closely with local universities.

Students are prepared for the financial responsibilities they will encounter in the world of work, or applying for student loans and living away from home on limited income.