Building Blocks of Character

The Character for Life Program is broken down into 4 key areas: Pastoral, Curriculum, Volunteering/Outreach and our flagship Salter Scholar program. Within this we have mapped Moral, Performance, Civic and Intellectual values to a quadrant. We believe each value and the qualities attached to them are vital in helping students become the best version of themselves during their time at GSA and beyond.

At GSA we want all our students to be engaged, responsible citizens who contribute to the common good of society. As our young people develop we hope to instil character traits that encourage this.

Values Include:

  • Social justice
  • Volunteering
  • Community awareness
  • Service
  • Citizenship
  • Neighbourliness

As an Academy we are developing these values through various initiatives like:

  • School Assemblies
  • iWill Group – Getting out into the Community
  • Food Bank Donations
  • Fundraisers- Macmillan, Children in Need and St Basils charity for young people
  • School Council/Leadership
  • PSHE Programme

Intellectual qualities promote critical thinking, the pursuit of truth and encourage successful academic growth. At GSA we believe the following values are important to our young people as they prepare students for life beyond Year 11 and their future careers.

Values Include:

  • Creativity
  • Reflection
  • Curiosity
  • Critical thinking
  • Reason and judgement
  • Open mindedness
  • Resourcefulness
  • Wisdom

As an Academy we develop these values through various initiatives like:

  • STEM Club
  • The Scholars Programme- Brilliant Club
  • Fresher’s Fair
  • Workshops and visits from Higher Education Providers
  • Debate Club
  • GSA Chess Club

Moral values are essential when making difficult decisions. To be able to respond and know what the right thing to do is something you learn as you grow and develop. At GSA we believe teaching students the importance of being a good person and making the right choices is a vital part of what we do.

Values Include:

  • Courage
  • Respect
  • Integrity
  • Compassion
  • Friendliness
  • Gratitude
  • Justice
  • Honesty
  • Trust
  • Modesty
  • Self-discipline
  • Tolerance

As an Academy we develop these values through various initiatives like:

  • iWill Community Engagement
  • Anti-Bullying Charter
  • Debate Club
  • Mental Health Advocacy and Support
  • Student Voice
  • Duke of Edinburgh- Volunteering

The following values are vital in the day to day lives of students. Values such as ambition and teamwork will help support students in the wider world as they move forward and develop.

Values Include:

  • Leadership
  • Problem-solving
  • Resilience
  • Determination
  • Perseverance
  • Teamwork
  • Confidence
  • Ambition
  • Motivation
  • Communication

As an Academy we develop these values through various initiatives like:

  • Duke of Edinburgh Award
  • IWill Engagement
  • Make Yourself Heard Competition
  • Academic and Creative Recognition
  • Problem Solving
  • Aspire to Higher Education Visits