Personal Development - Education with Character

Our aim is to develop character, compassion and service beyond the taught curriculum. Our young people are expected and provided with opportunities to contribute to our community, to try things they think they cannot do, to work independently and in teams to overcome challenges, and to be courageous and caring as they lead others.

In order for students to become a true “Central Citizen” they must follow the following strands:

  1. Careers and Employability
  2. Enrichment
  3. Personal Development
  4. Character Education
  5. Leadership
  6. House System

Careers and Employability lessons are taught through tutor time, with relevant follow-up activities using the aspirations and uni-frog software packages.

Throughout the year we engage with colleges, universities, employers and training providers to provide students with an insight into routes beyond GCSE and A-level study.

For more information on our Careers Offer and how we address the Gatsby Benchmarks, please click HERE

Our Enrichment programme provides students with sporting and academic opportunities to expand their knowledge and understanding of subjects beyond curriculum time.

We identify how each enrichment opportunity can support students in developing one or more of our core values of respect, ambition, determination, creativity, confidence and enthusiasm.

For more information about our Extra-Curricular offer please click HERE for this term’s clubs.

Personal Development is aimed at meeting the requirements of SMSC, PSHE & RSE.

We use a range of delivery models to ensure all students have access to our Personal Development Curriculum. All students will receive a range of assemblies and daily tutor time activities.

At Key Stage 3 all students have one 100-minute PSHE lesson per fortnight. At Key Stage 4 & Key Stage 5 a range of drop-down days alongside tutor time activities will be used to deliver PSHE.

We also engage with a range of external companies to support the delivery of key topics throughout the year.

Our core values of respect, ambition, determination, creativity, confidence and enthusiasm are taught explicitly through tutor time and further instilled through our assembly program.

At the start of each term, we reflect on our strengths and areas for development as a whole school through our whole school re-integration. We call this our behaviour curriculum to ensure all staff and students align with our vision and values as we start the term. Every day our Key Stage 3 students complete line-up with their Head of Year to reinforce these expectations day by day.

We also provide our students with the opportunity to evidence character development through House Competitions, Community Projects, the Manchester United Foundation, Residentials and our Termly Awards Assembly.

Students are provided with opportunities to develop their leadership in a variety of key areas.

At Key Stage 5 students have the opportunity to become a “Head Student” and work very closely with the Academy Senior Leadership Team to develop the experiences for all students in the school. We also have our “Head of House” to lead character initiatives across our house system.

Alongside the Key Stage 5 leadership roles we have a range of whole school leadership opportunities:

  • Sports Leaders
  • Sustainable Central Ambassadors – PiXL Green Edge
  • Anti-Bullying Ambassadors
  • Peer Support Mentors

Our House system was introduced in September 2021. Our three houses are:


Throughout the academic year there are a range of competitions which are designed to promote health competition and help establish a sense of belonging and community.

At all times during competitions and events our staff and students are asked to uphold our core values of respect, ambition, determination, creativity, confidence and enthusiasm.

At the end of each academic year after our Annual Sports Day the winners of the House Championship are presented with the Richard Rose Cup as recognition for their achievements.


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