Pupil Passport

What is the Pupil Passport?

This is a scheme, which encourages all pupils to achieve a number of standards and undertake a range of experiences within the school curriculum, through extra-curricular activities and independently out of school time.

In addition to displaying an excellent attitude to school and having high attendance levels, pupils are rewarded for their participation in school events and clubs and societies. They are also gain credits for exemplifying the values we cherish, charity work and being responsible citizens in the school and wider community. Pupils’ achievements beyond the school gate and their participation in experiences which will enhance their learning and broaden their horizons are also accredited through this scheme.

Rationale for the scheme:

We strongly believe that pupils’ all-round development and readiness for life beyond school requires participation in a range of activities and experiences that cannot be delivered in the ‘regular’ curriculum between 9 am and 3.30 pm. Extra-curricular activities therefore play a crucial role in a child’s development and we want all pupils in AtC schools to have access to a range of experiences which will be so valuable to them.

At the same time, we want to encourage independence and initiative amongst our pupils, so that they take responsibility for aspects of their own development and begin to make a valuable contribution as citizens within the various communities to which they belong.

Specific objectives of this scheme:

  1. The activities and experiences undertaken should support the development some of the core values:
    1. An appreciation of the arts and their benefits to a society’s culture
    2. A sense of responsibility towards the planet we live on and the environment
    3. Appreciation that every person has equal value, and
    4. Promotion of positive relationships and collaboration between pupils with different religious and cultural heritage
  2. Contribute to the development of a range of ‘non-cognitive’ or life skills:
    1. Self-Perceptions
    2. Motivation
    3. Perseverance
    4. Self-Control
    5. Metacognitive Strategies
    6. Social Competencies
    7. Resilience and Coping
    8. Creativity

Outline of the scheme:

Pupils ‘graduate’ at a number of stages in their school career –twice in the primary phase and twice during the secondary phase.

At each phase, pupils can achieve one of three grades/standards dependent on the extent of their engagement with the programme – the number of activities undertaken and/or the level to which they have been completed.

The scheme is closely linked to rewards, awards and selection of pupils for posts of responsibility.

At each stage of their school career, pupils will be encouraged to achieve certain standards and complete different activities suitable to their age and stage of development.

Pupils will be responsible for gathering evidence of their achievements, which are validated/approved by school staff.

Examples of extra-curricular and independent activities accredited through the pupil passport:

Participation within school:

  • Regularly attend a lunchtime or after school activity
  • Represent the School in a sporting, cultural or academic event
  • Take part in a residential visit
  • Take part in a formal presentation to an audience
  • Be actively involved in a community experience
  • Participate in a charity or fund raising event in school
  • Undertake activities to improve the environment or
  • Fulfil a position of responsibility/leadership effectively
  • Positive interaction with pupil(s) form another academy within the Trust

Experiences outside of school

  • Attend a regional/national sporting, academic or cultural event
  • Take part in a formal presentation to an audience
  • Volunteer in the local community
  • Develop a skill or hobby independently – music, sport, etc.