The definition of a Pledge is;
An undertaking, or commitment (to a person or organisation) by a solemn promise.
This could include getting married, spending more time with family, being an honest friend, coming to school, doing homework, etc. Making a Pledge means making a commitment to something, someone, or yourself, and doing your very best to achieve that goal.
Students are encouraged to participate fully in the life of the Academy beyond the classroom and via our Pledges scheme. By completing Pledges students are able to have new experiences, learn new skills, develop existing knowledge, gain confidence and grow as individuals. To achieve a ‘Pledge’, students must complete certain tasks and attend particular group activities. For example, to achieve Pledge 6, pupils must prepare and deliver a formal presentation to an audience.
We aim for students to have undertaken a certain number of Pledges at particular points during their time at Outwood Academy Valley. For a pupil to graduate from year 8 into year 9, three Pledges are required. To attend the prom at the end of year 11, 7 Pledges are required. We believe that pupils who achieve all ten Pledges will have developed a diverse array of skills that will follow them through their life after school.
Students record their Pledges in their planner on page 26. Each Pledge is signed off by a member of staff and is recorded onto the school system by the pupil’s VMG mentor.
The pledges at Outwood Academy Valley provide pupils with opportunities to experience new things that can help them in the future. Pupils might discover a new talent, learn new things and make new friends. Pledges can also provide pupils with lots to discuss in interviews and on applications for college and jobs after school. Most importantly however, we believe that completing Pledges will build pupils’ confidence and enable them to achieve things that might have otherwise not been possible.