Polite and kind
"Today, every single student who got off the bus said 'thank you' to the bus driver."
Politeness and kindness are central to the culture at our academy. Here are just two examples;
As part of our daily protocols, members of the senior leadership team greet students off the bus, off the train, in the street, at the road crossing and at the academy gates; by the time students reach the playground in the morning between two and four members of the senior leadership team (depending on their route!) - including the Principal - will have said 'good morning' to them. At first, they may not reply, but increasingly they do. Politeness is a habit - and it is catching.
Every Wednesday is 'Waffle Wednesday.' Students are nominated by members of staff for a random act of kindness; each nominated student receives a free waffle. So far in the period from September 2021 to October 2021, we have given out approximately 20 waffles per week on average - that's about 140 random acts of kindness noticed by members of staff in corridors, class rooms, stairwells and communal areas. Using waffles as the unit of measurement, year ten students are currently the kindest!