At Ark Boulton we believe that preparing students for life in modern Britain includes providing opportunities for students to develop morally, socially, spiritually and culturally. These themes run throughout the formal curriculum; students learn about themselves, others, the local and global society in which they live and about democracy, tolerance, diversity and the rule of law.
Additionally, the academy runs a number of ‘Rights & Responsibilities’ days where external agencies are welcomed to the academy to deliver sessions that include advice regarding career choices and mock interviews. Participation in these days ensures that students explore themes relating directly to their personal, emotional, mental and physical health and wellbeing as well as positive relationships and how to keep themselves and others safe.
To enable the spiritual and moral development of students the academy’s values are predicated on ten virtues which we seek to make explicit and relate to day to day life in the academy and the wider world. In order to complement this approach, each week there is a specific virtue theme and related ‘key question’. During assembly and form time students consider the impact of these virtues on their own lives, their community and wider world.
Students demonstrate their understanding of these themes and issues through group discussion, personal reflection, written reflections and by composing expositions. In the weeks to come, we will be sharing these expositions by our students here on our website and on our Twitter and Facebook pages. Here's a sneak peak at what to expect.