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Personal Development

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An Introduction to Personal Development at Sheringham and Stalham High Schools

The personal development of our students underpins everything we do at Sheringham and Stalham High Schools.  All departments include personal development in their curriculum planning and work hard to ensure it is embedded in Schemes of Work and lesson planning. We recognise that in order for our students to achieve their ambitions academically and to develop into well – rounded, happy and healthy individuals, they need to be given rich and wide opportunities to develop their cultural capital.

Cultural capital is the accumulation of knowledge, behaviours and skills upon which a young person draws, to be successful in life in its widest sense. In order to be happy, healthy and fulfil their ambitions they need to be exposed to a wide range of experiences throughout their school career.

We aim to support our students to fulfil their widest ambitions by creating a supportive environment in which they can thrive, regardless of their age, ability, faith, gender, social or ethnic background. The well – being of our students is of the utmost importance and we have a dedicated team of student managers who are not teachers. They are available to help our young people with any issue that might be troubling them. They refer students to our personal adviser if the problem is more serious. We also employ professional counsellors who work with those students needing more specific and targeted support. Students are encouraged to recognise the importance of recognizing their stress levels and when they cannot manage their emotions and given a wide variety of strategies to cope.

Our ethos is one of mutual respect and we encourage our students to respect themselves, their peers, the adults with whom they work and their environment. These values are reinforced daily, in and out of lessons.

We encourage students to accept responsibility for their behaviour, to show initiative and to understand how they can contribute positively to the school, the local community and to society more widely.  We support our students to help others who are less fortunate than themselves by fundraising for a number of local and national organisations.

We recognise the multi – faith and multicultural nature of the wider community in the United Kingdom and strive to prepare our students for adult life in an ever-changing modern world. We actively promote the defined British Values of democracy; rule of law; individual liberty and the mutual respect and tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs. These are reinforced throughout our curriculum and the wide variety of opportunities on offer in our schools.

Our assembly programme and daily tutor programme affords students the opportunity to engage with a wide variety of topics that help them to reflect upon some controversial issues as well as those more fundamental to their daily lives. The topics which are interlinked, raise awareness of many SMSC related themes. Tutors deliver these activities in a way that ensures students interact with each other.

Student Voice is integral to the way in which we create a sense of belonging for students. They can be part of the School Council or be part of the Prefect Team. They are regularly consulted on a variety of organisational events, for example, they are invited to participate in interviews to appoint new staff. These opportunities also allow them to play a role in organising a number of major events within the School such as Charities Week and Sports Day. It also encourages them to show initiative and helps them to contribute positively to society in its widest sense.

RSE, careers education, student well – being, including mental health, physical health, on line safety and healthy eating are all delivered through the curriculum, reinforced via the assembly and tutor programmes. We organise a number of “SMSC days,” when students are off timetable so that these topics can be explored in more depth with teachers and representatives from outside agencies. We are very fortunate to have developed excellent relationships with many local organisations such as churches, police officers and employers who support us on these days.

Jayne Melhuish November 2021

We recognise that there are many areas of what we do that are interrelated and contribute to building a student’s cultural capital. This grid gives an idea of some opportunities. Click to view >

 

SPIRITUAL

MORAL

SOCIAL

CULTURAL

PERSONAL

Assembly Programme

Stepped Behaviour Model

Vertical Tutoring activities

Arts curriculum / Arts Cafe

Relationships and Sex Education

Religious Education/Philosophy and Ethics Curriculum

Phil/Ethics curriculum

Library Clubs

Visits/Theatres / Galleries

Healthy lifestyles opportunities

Tutor Programme

Tutor Programme

Craft Club provides nurturing activities

MFL curriculum/Film Club

Finance Education

Charities Week and support for Foodbanks and other charities

Anti – Bullying events highlight equal regard to minority groups

Student Voice activities – prefects

Promotion of racial equality

Careers Guidance and Education careers Fairs

Links with Churches- Soul Space

Assembly topics

House Structure and competitions

Assembly Topics

Mental Health and Well – being

Individual inspirational activities; e.g. poetry, music, art

Links with local churches

Counselling

Productions/ Drama and Music

Building Learning Power

 

 

Trips and Visits

 

PE curriculum

 

 

 

 

Sports Teams

 

 

 

 

Drama curriculum

 

 

 

 

Extra – curricular activities

 

 

 

 

Library Activities develop teamwork, resilience, customer care via the Library Monitor Scheme.

 

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Our Schools

Synergy Multi-Academy Trust comprises fifteen Norfolk schools serving children between the ages of 2 and 18. Our schools work collaboratively together to raise standards and provide education of the highest possible standard, offering the best of opportunities for pupils. The Trust was initially established in 2015. We believe that all of our schools have strengths and areas to develop, and that all can improve through sharing expertise and wisdom. The Trust understands that there will be excellent practice in each school, and that every school will be able to contribute to the development of the Trust as a whole.

Our Schools

Synergy Multi-Academy Trust comprises fifteen Norfolk schools serving children between the ages of 2 and 18. Our schools work collaboratively together to raise standards and provide education of the highest possible standard, offering the best of opportunities for pupils. The Trust was initially established in 2015. We believe that all of our schools have strengths and areas to develop, and that all can improve through sharing expertise and wisdom. The Trust understands that there will be excellent practice in each school, and that every school will be able to contribute to the development of the Trust as a whole.