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Personal Development

The Horncastle curriculum extends beyond the academic, vocational or technical and provides for pupils’ broader development. We work hard to enhance pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.

The slideshow below shows a glimpse of our personal development offer…

How can pupils become confident, resilient and independent?

We work hard to celebrate and reward pupil behaviour and achievements. We have a range of personal and collective reward systems such as class dojo, class rewards, certificates, stickers, prize boxes and celebration assemblies (parents are invited to these!). Resilience is now a school value! We will be focusing on this in the autumn term in assemblies and we expect to see this in lesson every day.

How do pupils develop character?

Our school values are respect, responsibility and resilience. These are a focal part of assemblies and are linked to learning in lessons. We constantly make reference to our school values in daily life and encourage our pupils to display them in everything they do.

How are pupils supported with pastoral needs?

We have specially trained staff who can offer SEMH support for pupils. Some of our support staff are ELSA trained and do personalised programmes with children who need help from time to time.

Our school therapy dog, Reuben is often on hand to help pupils self-regulate. He also provides the opportunities for pupils to develop their sense of responsibility, taking him for walks and looking after his needs.

Do pupils know how to eat healthily, maintain an active lifestyle and keep physically and mentally healthy?

They certainly do! Our staff have regular conversations at lunch time around healthy diets and we cover such issues in our science, PSHE lessons and in assemblies.

How do we develop an age-appropriate understanding of healthy relationships and of the protected characteristics?

We use Jigsaw for RSE. This covers such content at an age-appropriate level and encourages pupils to be understanding of difference and supportive of protected characteristics. One of our school values is Respect. Such content is regularly reinforced throughout every school term and underpins our high expectations of pupils’ behaviour

What other opportunities are there at Horncastle?

We provide a wide range of FREE extra-curricular clubs to nurture, develop and stretch pupils’ talents and interests. Pupils appreciate these and make good use of them. Such examples include: tennis, singing, football, Pokemon, gymnastics, dance, ukelele, crafts and hockey!

Our annual careers fair will take place in December. We will be welcoming a host of workers from a variety of sectors to inspire our children about their future ambition.