At Oathall, we believe that a student’s success is not solely measured by academic achievement. We aim to help our students become successful adults, and one of the tools we use to achieve this is character education.

Character education focusses on the spiritual, moral, social and cultural (SMSC) development of students beyond the academic education they receive in school. Working alongside the values taught at home, we aim to prepare students for adult life by helping them develop key characteristics and values. As part of character education, students will develop care and respect for themselves and others, equipping them with skills that will set them up for successful adult lives, as well as supporting and improving their emotional wellbeing.

The entire school community; students, parents, staff and governors, have contributed to deciding on the values that we all feel should be at the heart of who we strive to be at Oathall. These are:

  • Respect and equality
  • Resilience and independence
  • Positivity and confidence

Being happy and productive members of society is vital for future success. Character education and the Oathall values will be promoted, demonstrated and rewarded through the many systems and events that are in place. For example:

  • The House Championship, School Games Day, Oathall Community Day and House Challenge Week
  • Rewards system, Student of the fortnight and Half-termly awards
  • Leadership opportunities
  • Shared read themes, Literacy – keywords and Curriculum termly focus
  • Tutor programme and Assembly themes

In addition to this, faculties and pastoral teams have identified when, within their curriculum maps, students have opportunities to build upon and strengthen these values. Please click on the faculties related icon to see examples of when students can utilise opportunities for character development.