During morning form time activities linked to the theme of the week, key character traits, British Values and topical news stories are covered by students with their form tutor. These sessions are designed to encourage discussion and reflection on the wider world and their own personal development.
Each half term all students participate in 2 hours sessions covering key statuary requirements such as Sex and Relationship education, Citizenship, British values, Enterprise, Financial wellbeing and Careers Guidance as well as other topics important for developing well rounded citizens, fully prepared for life after Woodrush. The sessions are planned for progression from year 7 through to 11 and taught by teams of staff with specialisms in different areas
Throughout the year each year group will also participate in at least one full ASPIRE day where they will be off timetable from their normal lessons. The aim of these days is to give students opportunities to demonstrate and improve key character traits such as Leadership, Organisation, Initiative, Communication and Teamwork. Some of the recent ASPIRE Days have included Year 11 Futures Day, Year 7 Teambuilding, Year 10 Enterprise and Year 8 Innovation Day amongst other.
We believe that the best way develop character is through giving students opportunities where these key character traits will grow. For this reason we have a large number of different types of extracurricular activities, including the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme, that develop teamwork, resilience and creativity. We offer many chances for student leadership through the School Council, Prefects and Junior Prefect and Sports leaders. Students also actively engage in a number of charity initiatives (including raising a phenomenal £8,300 for Cancer Research last year) and also take an active part in key decisions for the school such as the appointment of new staff.