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Five Acres High School

Character education Programme


Our Character Education Offer sits alongside our existing brilliant academic offer to ensure that students have access to a wide and balanced range of experiences throughout their time at school, giving them the opportunity to develop and embed our five core values of Ambition, Confidence, Creativity, Respect and Determination.

Students have opportunities to take part in a range of activities and experiences through their five years at Five Acres High School. For example enjoying residential trips and theatre visits, watching live sporting events, respecting the environment, or being members of the student council or student leadership team. We feel that having access to these life experiences is just as important as academic success.   

Each experience or activity will count towards being awarded a shield in one of our five core values  For example, to achieve BRONZE in ADVENTURE, students need to complete a residential school trip. To achieve GOLD, they need to have completed either their Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award, or the Ten Tors Challenge. 

Once a student has achieved GOLD in two categories, they are eligible for the relevant SHIELD. For each achievement students will be given a certificate in our awards ceremonies.  They wear these on the lapels of their blazers.

For more details, you can see the booklet in full below.


We are excited to launch our new Platinum Character Champion Accreditation.

This award has been created to:

  • recognise students’ exceptional levels of commitment and achievement in relation to character

  • support student’ development as a flourishing young person 

  • support  preparation for the next steps you will take  in education and the world of work.

For more information, please see the information below.

"Character Education is of vital importance to Five Acres High School. Our commitment to Character Education is founded on the belief that to be successful students require a healthy balance of academic ability and an understanding of the values that are required to succeed in all walks of life. Within our school context we ensure that students live and breathe the values we collectively aspire to and also have opportunities to demonstrate them through action. The result is a thriving school full of students, parents and staff who are fully invested in becoming the best versions of themselves.

"We are delighted to be the first school within Greenshaw Learning Trust to be recognised by being awarded the Character Education Kitemark plus. We understand our duty to be trailblazers for those that follow on and also to ensure that our commitment to developing character sits firmly at the centre of all that we do."

Simon Phelps, Headteacher