Salter Scholar Overview

‘Our Mission Statement at George Salter is to defy all disadvantage and to ensure that we are ambitious for every student who attends. The Salter Scholar programme has been designed to achieve this by instilling values along the way which will help students flourish in later life and contribute to society in a positive way. The Salter Scholar programme will prepare students for the ‘tests of life’ and not a ‘life of tests’, whilst developing their personal character around Performance, Moral, Civic and Intellectual virtues. These virtues are all underpinned by the values shown below and Salter Scholar will allow the student completing the programme to develop a range of character traits at one time.

If your child is unable to access one of their Salter Scholar Educational Visits due to financial reasons, funding support may be available.  Please click on the following link to see if your child meets the criteria to access this.

Salter Scholar Student Educational Visit Subsidisation Criteria

Salter Scholar Roadmap

The 7-year Salter Scholar Journey that students take here at George Salter Academy is one that will enrich their character development. Performance Virtues will enable our students to have a foundation which they can then build on to develop their moral, civic and intellectual virtues. We strive for our students to participate in a range of extra-curricular activities, inter-house competitions and taking an active leadership role within our Academy.  This journey is one that will see students grow into confident learners and focuses on their Performance Values of Confidence, Determination, Motivation, Perseverance, Resilience and Teamwork. As an Academy we develop these values through various initiatives like:

  • Duke of Edinburgh Award
  • World Challenge Opportunities 
  • Ski Trip 
  • Make Yourself Heard Competition
  • Student led assemblies 
  • Inter-house League 
  • Extra-Curricular programme ‘  

We are ambitious that all students who leave George Salter Academy will know and value the importance of contributing to the wider society. We want our students to become responsible citizens who have a positive influence on others to do the right thing, even when nobody is watching. Through this area of the Salter Scholar journey, we hope to develop students’ Civic values of Neighbourliness, Service, Volunteering and Citizenship. Students will demonstrate these values through activities such as their charity work, including the Big Sleep Out and our community engagement work. This section will see students gain additional qualifications each year, experience a range of guest lecturers linked to our Academy values of Ambition, Belief and Courage and participate in a number of year group specific careers events. As an Academy we are developing these values through various initiatives like:

  • School Assemblies
  • Community First Aid Workshops 
  • Salter Scholar Parent Working Group 
  • Food Bank/ Christmas Shoe Box Donations
  • Fundraisers- Macmillan, Children in Need and St Basils charity for young people
  • Student Leadership Team Projects 
  • PSHE Programme’

Character in the curriculum here at George Salter Academy is an integral part of developing our students’ Intellectual values of Autonomy, Critical Thinking, Curiosity, Judgement, Reasoning, Reflection and Resourcefulness. Character development is embedded throughout the student’s curriculum journey across the key stages and there are specific curriculum visits aligned with all departments as students’ progress through their 7 years at the Academy. There are clear character links throughout subject departments, students are expected to show a positive attitude to learning, demonstrating relevant character values as they progress through their curriculum concepts and students develop their intellectual character through reading for pleasure and linking these texts to character values. As an Academy we develop these values through various initiatives like:

  • STEM Club
  • The Whole Academy Reading Programme
  • Salter Scholar Reflection Journals 
  • Workshops and visits from Higher Education Providers
  • Debate Club
  • Whole Academy Oracy

At George Salter we take our pastoral programme very seriously. Students receive 30 minutes of dedicated tutor time each morning with a varied curriculum consisting of: An Assembly, e-Briefing, Votes for School topic, Bedrock, Character Reading and a Salter Scholar session. Through this area of Salter Scholar, we hope to develop articulate young people who can demonstrate Moral values such as Courage, Gratitude, Respect and Honesty. Students will show these values through activities such as the weekly reflections in their planner, being on time for school, taking an active part in the assembly rota and participating in our One World in One School events. Students further demonstrate their moral character through being in line with or above the Academy target for attendance and having a ClassCharts behaviour ratio of over 95%. As an Academy we develop these values through various initiatives like:

  • Welfare team of the Student Union 
  • Anti-Bullying Charter
  • Culture Day 
  • Mental Health Advocacy and Support
  • Student Voice
  • Responsibility Conversations between staff and students