Developing character values to prepare our students for a fulfilling life.
The West Buckland Sixth Form Diploma has been developed as part of our commitment to prepare students for a enriching future. We encourage our Sixth Formers to explore and experience a range of activities and challenges to develop the character values that form the very core of the school.
During each term, the students are asked to document and reflect on the extra-curricular activities in which they regularly participate. These cover Academic Engagement as well as Action, Service, Adventure and The Arts. These activities might include sport or dance, academically enriching lectures, CCF, performing in a play, taking part in charity or support work or embarking in wider reading around their chosen subjects.
Afterwards, students can reflect on what they have done:
Students find this exercise in reflection very useful when writing personal statements for CVs, university or job applications, as it makes them think about the impact on themselves.
Diplomas are awarded at three levels (pass, merit and distinction) and are awarded at the end of the academic year.
Anyone you ask would say I couldn't dance, so I was nervous taking this on. I've been very committed to learn new dances and showing courage is an understatement!
I have become more curious about my career in the future and learned just how much commitment is required to achieve an ambitious career.
I show personal confidence and courage to teach the younger CCF members as well as critical thinking to plan lessons.
I feel it shows courage to learn a sport that I have not played before. I was committed as I turned up to every training session, giving up after school time for matches and gaining in confidence as the term progressed.
As a committee member, I have to be able to be creative and a critical thinker when coming up with new ideas to raise money as well as spreading awareness of our charity.
I am caring as I must take care of the people I'm fighting so as not to cause injury. I show commitment as I'm dedicating lots of time to both jujitsu and rugby every week.