"The strength of the personal development curriculum has been pivotal in establishing a culture of learning in school."OFSTED 2022
Character can be defined as the mental and moral qualities distinctive to an individual. At Robert May’s School we believe that character is important. ‘Positive Change’ will be an area that will be pushed through our new enrichment programme for the 2022 - 2023 academic year.
Character education is intrinsic to our school curriculum. The character values at Robert May’s School: Respect, Motivate and Support, underpin some of the many character traits that are valued in society today. Developing these attributes along with other core values such as resilience, trust, courage and perseverance help galvanise our school community and strengthen the sense of belonging at Robert May’s.
The development of character is too large to sit just within assemblies where students are supported to be kind to one another. It is driven in all lessons, in and outside of the classroom. Opportunities through the extensive extra-curricular activities and the House system provides students with plenty of leadership roles along with the opportunity for healthy competition in all areas of the curriculum. Student ambassadors for anti-bullying and well-being as well as school council, digital leaders, librarians are further examples of where we engage students in the development of the school.
We further support character development through various themed days throughout the year, such as our Tri-Service days and have opportunities such as the Duke of Edinburgh Award to support growth outside of the classroom.
This year will see each House support a charity of their choosing and students will be encouraged to give back through volunteering in the local community throughout the year. Please see our Houses page for more
Our school's ‘Pivotal Approach’ sets the tone for students to see how we work with one another towards common goals and we work hard to show students that their actions can form good habits that will underpin a positive character that will support them in their future pathways.
Our ultimate goal is for every student to be an ‘upstander’; someone who recognises injustice, has a strong moral code and takes a stand when they see something that is not right.