Our Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural (SMSC) education is woven throughout our curriculum and is reinforced through a high quality Focus Day programme. During the year, students take part in nine Focus Days where the school timetable is suspended, which allows the Academy to organise themed days for each year group.
Focus Day activities include delivering elements of Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE). This includes the delivery of Sex and Relationships education, as well as Substance Misuse Education. The extensive Science Curriculum also supports Sex and Relationship education and Substance Misuse Education. Focus Days also provide the opportunity for the Academy to deliver Citizenship and Economic education. During Focus Days, the Academy invites visitors with specialist knowledge to work with our students, as well as delivering Theme Days related to Leadership, Citizenship and Finance. During Focus Days, members of the Senior Leadership Team deliver extended assemblies on British Values, Internet Safety, Cyber Bullying, Keeping Healthy and How to Keep Safe.
All students have Religious Education Theme Days which allow students to learn about the world religions in context, including a visit to the local church. Focus Days also allow the Academy to enrich the curriculum with visits to outstanding museums such as the Science Museum and the Natural History Museum in London.
Year 9 and 10 students have the opportunity to attend a Careers Fair held at the Academy through our partnership with Education Business Partnership (EBP), with Year 10 students also having the opportunity to have a mock interview with business leaders. Year 9 students also complete a First Aid qualification, which is valid for three years as part of the Focus Day programme.
Year 11 are able to concentrate on their GCSE courses during the Focus Days by completing Controlled Assessments in Science, Geography, History and option subjects. As well as assemblies led by members of the Senior Leadership Team, Year 11 students also have inspirational talks from guest speakers such as Chris Lubbe, a bodyguard to Nelson Mandela.