Our whole-school Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural Development strategy equips our students with the skills to be responsible, respectful and active citizens. This is evident in our PSHCE programme, our Culture and Society Curriculum, our Thought for the Week themes, and our assemblies, form time and family dining structures, as well as our “Being Bold enrichment sessions” and “Being Bold weeks”.
At Bolder Academy students have a variety of opportunities to go beyond the academic, technical and vocational curriculum: every student has two hours of Being Bold enrichment each week; every student participates in three “Being Bold” weeks per year which involve a variety of co-curricular events and visits; and every student participates in school-wide initiatives promoted through form time, thought for the week and assemblies.
Being Bold Enrichment
During their two hours of Being Bold enrichment, students have already been able to choose from a wide range of sports, such as rugby, netball, football, basketball and dance with external professional coaches coming in to take the sessions. They have also had a choice of participating in a diverse range of languages, such as Arabic, Korean and German.
Students also have a variety of opportunities to engage with the local community during these Being Bold sessions, such as volunteering at a local primary school, and working with young children at our local nursery. The demand from students last year wishing to go to the nursery has meant that we have forged links with a local primary school this year to extend our offering.
We also have a wide variety of STEM-based activities such as coding and robotics clubs, with students building and programming machines with the equipment funded by the Institute of Physics, and Tomorrow’s Engineers. Ten of our year 8 students are currently participating in a national robotics challenge. Moreover, coding has proved so popular so far this year, that our IT teacher has put on two extra clubs a week during lunchtimes to cater for demand.
We have diversified our creative arts sessions, by offering piano lessons, band practice, sculpture, and a culture and critics club.
Finally, we also offer a variety of programmes that are designed around the character development of our students. We are working with Transport for London through our youth travel ambassadors programme, Sports Inspired are working with a group of our year 7s to develop them as sports leaders, we are training up many students as global youth ambassadors with the aim of hosting Chinese exchange students at Bolder, and we run the program “Be her lead” to instil resilience and confidence in our female students. Additionally, we have volunteers joining us again from Sky, to work 1-to-1 with students in literacy and numeracy to build up their confidence.
Being Bold Weeks
Students also participate in 3 Being Bold weeks per year, where they get the opportunity to go on a variety of trips and participate in a variety of events. Students will visit a local church and temple, as well as a local Mosque and Synagogue. We will also be visiting several universities throughout the year.
There will also be a variety of activities taking place at Bolder, such as nutrition, editing, coding, machine learning, and fitness sessions put on by Sky, as well as PSHE sessions led by staff and outside agencies such as Diversity Role Models and LVA trust.
There are also many other trips happening. For example, our student council will be attending the houses of parliament, a group of students will be attending the Hounslow Climate Change Conference, and a selection of students will also be visiting Oxford University.
This year our students will have the opportunity to take part in residential trips, to Jamie’s Farm, which will involve group work in the great outdoors, as well as to Oundle School, which will involve a variety of sports and STEM-based activities.