Assemblies are delivered as part of the Seminar Programme, and students attend one assembly every week in their year group. In addition to these, students will attend a series of special assemblies throughout the year including the Principal’s addresses, the Year 7 Acorn assembly, end-of-term whole-academy celebration assemblies, and assemblies for special events, including those organised by Learning Centres and those delivered by invited guests.
The academy's strategic priorities link directly to the Assembly Programme (AP). We aim to develop a high impact AP which supports the academy's PSHE, SMSC, and British Values curriculum, ensuring that the AP adds significant value to student and staff experience and supports the academy's ethos and vision.
The Assembly Programme is designed to support three key aims:
- The celebration and discussion of attendance, behaviour and personal achievement.
- The delivery of a programme of SMSC. This will address global dimensions and issues, current events and topics identified under each SMSC heading and guided by the Assembly Focus each week.
- Promotion of British Values, which are embedded within core messages, as well as explicitly addressed throughout the year.
The AP is monitored and evaluated by the Leadership Group (LG) to ensure that the sessions effectively meet PSHE and SMSC objectives, promote the academy's vision and British values of Democracy, The Rule of Law, Individual Beliefs, Mutual Respect and Tolerance of different faiths and beliefs.
Each member of the Leadership Group will deliver one assembly throughout each academic year. This means students will receive 5 assemblies delivered by LG on key themes of Remembrance Day, E-safety, mental health, LGBT issues and International Women’s day. Every year group will also receive one assembly delivered by each of the 9 Learning Centre Leads supported by their staff, focusing on opportunities and career pathways within the LC, recent articles linked to LC in the news, as well as celebration of recent successes within the academy.
Students meet with their Academic Tutor in a small group of up to 10 daily (except for one Year Assembly) to discuss their progress. Tutors are the first point of contact for parents and carers. Academic Tutors follow a prescribed programme to ensure adequate coverage of careers, current affairs, SMSC, PSHE and progress.