Wise Owls Trust is among one of the first in the country to be awarded the ‘School of Character Kitemark plus’ in recognition of best practice in developing good character in young people.

The award, which considers the culture, ethos and practical examples of character development across the school, has been developed in response to growing recognition of the role of character education in successful schools.

In receiving recognition, Sophie Murfin, Executive Principal of the Trust explained;

“The Kitemark Plus status is proudly received to show not only our commitment to Character Education, but also in recognition of the hard work of the whole Wise Owl Trust family. Over the past few years we have worked tirelessly to put the knowledge of our pupils and their needs ahead of the external pressures put upon all schools. We are undoubtedly assured that the values and skills that we continuously build into our curriculum will enable our pupils to flourish beyond their education with us. ”

Gary Lewis, founding member and chair of the Association, thanked the school and its staff for their commitment to Character Education by explaining that;

“The Schools of Character Kitemark plus is awarded to schools that can demonstrate that they take an explicit, planned and reflective approach to the cultivation of positive character qualities in their pupils in the interests of human flourishing. Wise Owls Trust (Briscoe Lane Academy, Seymour Road Academy and Old Hall Drive Academy) is a terrific example and it is with great pleasure that we welcome the Schools with a proven strength at developing the character of their young people.”

The process of being awarded the Kitemarks is designed to help schools to develop and enhance their character education provision. The award is not just the recognition of good practice, but also supports schools to develop desirable character qualities that contribute to individual as well as broader societal flourishing. Dr Tom Harrison was one of those involved in reviewing the schools progress towards its status as a School of Character and commented that;

“It was clear that the schools wanted to provide multiple opportunities for pupils to seek out opportunities to develop their own character. The courageous move away from reward stickers was a good example of this as is the extensive extra curricula programme. We would strongly recommend that this approach continues – helping the pupils intrinsically to desire to develop key character qualities.”