Sandymoor Scholar Overview

Our Character Promise through Sandymoor Scholars

Our five-year Sandymoor Scholar Journey starts from Year 7 and stretches
across every year group, which includes completing landmarks that have
been split into our four core values,

Ambition, Resilience, Pride, and Social Action, which include activities such as attending enrichment clubs, attending trips and visits, and achieving the subject pledges. We expect all of our students to embrace the experiences and possibilities on offer, both inside and outside the classroom, and seize the opportunities to gain additional qualifications that will set them apart!
Additional qualifications being offered through our Sandymoor Scholar Journey include:

Young people are the answer to the challenges facing our communities. We believe they have the potential to change our world for the better and, as Mahatma Gandhi described it, ‘be the change they want to see’.

The Young Leader’s Award is a fully-resourced leadership and character education programme which supports students to become independent thinkers and good communicators, who have compassion and care for their communities.

The Young Leaders Award is taught in Personal Development lessons as well as RE & Citizenship lessons and involves students being empowered to take action and serve their community through different challenges both individually and as a team. This includes outreach into the wider community on a local, national or global scale and gaining a true understanding of the role they play within society.

In 1969 Peter Murray, OBE, founded The Ormiston Trust in memory of his sister, Fiona Ormiston, who tragically died on her honeymoon. The Ormiston Trust is one of the largest not-for-profit multi-academy trusts in England, educating over 30,000 children across five regions. In recognition of over 50 years of service to making our communities a better place,

‘The Murray Award’ was launched across the Ormiston Academies Trust as part of a #WeWill Trust-wide initiative for youth social action. The Murray Award recognises students, who like Peter and his family, show commitment to meaningful social action in their community.

At Sandymoor Ormiston Academy, every Year 8 student will have the opportunity to gain The Murray Award through their Personal Development and Performing Arts lessons. The Silver Award will be awarded to pupils who undertake 25 hours of social action and The Gold Award will recognise those who have committed to more than 25 hours of social action.

The Duke of Edinburgh Award is designed to challenge young people between the ages of 14–24 to attain standards of achievement and endeavour in a wide variety of active interests – to serve their communities, experience adventure and to develop and learn outside the classroom.

The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award helps students along the path to a productive and prosperous future. Many participants say, it’s life-changing and well worth the dedication and hard work. Achieving this award will, not only give students fantastic skills and confidence but also an edge over others when applying for college, university or a job.

Our Achieve programme, which has recently been recognised by Ofsted as supporting students’ emotional health and wellbeing, is a flexible provision for 11–19 year olds that gives them the opportunity to develop the skills and confidence needed to succeed in education.

From improving attainment, attendance, personal and social skills and engagement with education, Achieve helps young people to develop healthy habits – incorporating the best of our life skills teaching helping to shape our students futures.