Now, more than ever, developing a thriving enrichment programme is an essential part of promoting employability, academic attainment and teaching young people the skills they need to make good choices. The benefits of which spread well beyond the classroom.

A tweet from Tim Peake, the British astronaut living and working on board the International Space Station for six months, summed up perfectly the need for both character skills and work experience. He wrote:

Character is important – a CV may get you the interview, but character will get you the job.

Enrichment includes many activities that students can choose to do beyond their academic pursuits and the standard requirements of their timetable. Building their confidence in issues within social, moral, spiritual and cultural contexts allows them to succeed in education, work and society.

Enrichment at Sandymoor Ormiston Academy:

OAT's #wewill programme has provided funding for social action to invoke positive changes in our local communities. For our young people social action develops and improves character, life skills and wellbeing and for the communities in which we are rooted it strengthens relationships, keeps us connected and encourages social cohesion.

Our social action includes:

  • Charity work for local homeless shelter and animal rescue centre, for instance, Shoebox full of love appeal at Christmas.
  • Providing every year 9 student with the opportunity to achieve Duke of Edinburgh bronze award.
  • Reading for Betterment strategy, providing books for all to read, take home, supporting our weaker readers and engaging with the community through anthology work with our local British Legion.
The Sandymoor Pledges

Our students are fully supported to fulfil our 10 Pledges over their 5 years with us. We give students the freedom to undertake whichever enrichment activities they choose so they develop socially, spiritually and culturally, preparing them for the wider world.

Our 10 Pledges
1Take part in at least 1 residential experience.
2Perform or present to an audience, in or out of school and/or represent the school in an activity.
3Attend a ‘professional performance.’
4Meet a person/people who can widen your knowledge of the world, such as a recognised author or scientist.
5Take part in at least 1 international experience.
6Visit and engage with a national or local park, gallery, museum, heritage site, library or archive.
7Visit a place of worship or spiritual significance to gain an understanding of the different cultures within society.
8Take part in Work-Related Learning.
9Become part of a club, society or organisation, in or out of school.
10Actively contribute to charity work or community-based project, in or out of school.

We reward students for being active members of the school and wider community. Equally, it is important to identify students who need further support in becoming more active in the life of the school and removing barriers which may stand in their way.