Pledge System

Students at The Park Vale Academy are encouraged to gain a breadth of experiences both in and out of Academy life. This includes accessing the wide range of extracurricular opportunities on offer and representing their House. In order to further develop this ethos and raise expectations around the importance of engagement from everyone, we are launching an exciting initiative called ‘Pledges’.

This is a model used very successfully in other Redhill Trust Academies and sees students awarded Pledges for their wider contribution to Academy life. The theme of our Pledges will be displayed throughout the Academy and staff will dedicate time to focus on helping students in identifying opportunities to achieve their Pledges and the importance of doing so. The Pledges are detailed below:

The Park Vale Academy Pledges

1. To successfully participate in residential trips.
Students must ensure they represent the Academy’s ethos, values and code of conduct at all times. For example, Duke of Edinburgh expeditions, Spanish exchange or the annual ski trip.

2. To represent the Academy in sports or to contribute to Performing Arts events.
Students must represent the Academy in sports events or performing arts. For example, regional qualifiers, Trust Academy games and Inter-House competitions, choir, music, drama performances or dance

3. To read a range of novels every year and complete a book review for at least one per term.

Students must read a range of challenging novels throughout the school year and present a review at least three times. For example, To Kill a Mockingbird – written review to tutor / verbal presentation to tutor group or a visual representation (art work or collage) incorporating themes, characters and language from the novel. Alternatively, students may negotiate a different response style; song, poem, video diary etc.

4. To contribute to organising a Tutor activity or event..
Students must organise or participate in either a Tutor, House or Year assembly.

5. To organise or actively participate in at least three fundraising events.
Students must get involved in fundraising events to support local or national charities. These events could be in-House, whole school or open to the local community. For example, Children in Need, or Comic Relief.

6.  To Represent the Academy/ House in ten different events.
Students to take place in events such as Inter-House, Inter-Forn, Sporting and non-sporting activities

7. To take part in community projects.
Students must make a significant contribution to the local community. For example, Student Voice and Sports Leaders, Golden Grove.

8. To  participate in activities that support others within the Academy.
Students must consistently support their peers whenever the opportunity arises. For example, mentoring or paired reading.

9. To attend cultural or sports events outside of school
Students must actively take part in extra-curricular events such as visit art galleries, theatre trips, sports events and tours.

9. My own pledge is… [ Individual pledge]

Students are asked to negotiate with their Tutor their own pledge.

The Park Vale Academy Pledge Passport

Pledges are recorded in a Passport. Each student will have their own individual Passport which will stay with them through years 7-11.

For students in Year 7 and 8, we will be holding an annual Key Stage 3 Graduation event near the end of the academic year. This event will see the students who are making progress in their Pledges, have outstanding attendance, are making good academic progress and have a positive behaviour profile rewarded at an awards ceremony where they will officially graduate into Key Stage 4.

Students will be given more information about this in assemblies. We are launching this initiative in the first half term to give students maximum opportunity to begin their journey. 

Our Pledges will further engage students in opportunities and events that take place in the Academy. I look forward to sharing the successes of students with them as we move forward.