Northampton Academy has been awarded the ‘Character Education Kitemark Plus’ for its excellent work to develop students’ character.
Students and staff at Northampton Academy are very pleased to have been awarded the ‘Character Education Kitemark Plus’, building on their first Kitemark in 2018.
The accreditation is awarded by the Association for Character Education to schools that take an explicit, planned and reflective approach to the cultivation of positive character qualities in their pupils, in the interest of creating well-rounded individuals. It is therefore indicative of the huge variety of academic and non-academic opportunities that Northampton Academy has to offer.
The award is not just a testament to the academy’s excellent commitment to providing an Education with Character – a principle of United Learning’s Framework for Excellence, of which the academy is a part – but their success allows them to join a wider network of like-minded institutions. This means by having the Kitemark, staff at Northampton Academy get access to additional support for its continued development of an inspiring character education programme. This includes regular progress updates, as well as access to a resource portal. The collaborative network signals a broader aim within education to ensure wider societal prosperity.
Chris Clyne, Principal at Northampton Academy, said of the Kitemark Plus:
“It is amazing to be recognised for our continued efforts to provide a rich and holistic Education with Character at Northampton Academy. I am hugely proud of both our staff and students in their clear demonstration of our school’s five pillars of virtue: respect, determination, ambition, tolerance and integrity.
“After such a challenging eighteen months, I am constantly impressed by the resilience and dedication of our students; as staff, our mission to ensure they develop an appetite for learning, as well as a strong moral compass is as important as ever. We look forward to continuing to develop this work and ensure our young people leave us with the skills, qualifications and attributes they need to succeed in the future.”
Harleen Assi and Gary Lewis, on behalf of the Association of Character Education, following the school’s success, said:
“We would like to congratulate students, staff and governors as this award clearly recognises the quality of learning and values-driven personal development programme enjoyed by all members of your school community.
“There is little doubt that the Northampton Academy can be considered one of the most successful schools in the country in terms of its character development programme and its direct impact on standards.”