At Harris Clapham, ‘everything is possible’ and we ensure that students have every opportunity, no matter their background. The Clapham Way – Personal Development is a planned curriculum of learning through which a student at Harris Academy Clapham acquires the knowledge, understanding and skills they need to enhance their awareness and understanding of the world around them and the world within them. We intend for students to endeavour for excellence, develop integrity, treat others the way they would like to be treated and have self-belief with a global view. These fundamental principles are the bedrock of the Clapham Way – Personal Development, which intends to develop the qualities and attributes students need to thrive as confident, motivated, contributory members of the wider society within which they live. We aim for all our pupils to gain experiences beyond the everyday world through both the taught personal development curriculum (tutor time), a planned sequence of educational visits and an enrichment offering that challenges students to move outside their comfort zone. The Clapham Way – Personal Development – contributes towards preparing our young people to manage many of the most critical opportunities, challenges and responsibilities they will face growing up in such rapidly changing and challenging times.
The Clapham Way – Personal Development has the following aims:
- To develop Character – Through various programmes, particularly the taught personal development curriculum (tutor time), we develop our students’ character and their place within the community. As valued citizens of the academy, students happily contribute to its upkeep and gain a sense of belonging through association with their house. Students live and breathe the Clapham expectations, bringing their own, varied experiences and understanding to the academy. Students will develop resilience, understanding and confidence.
- To instil Culture - To create a culture of excellence and high expectations that inspires students to achieve their full potential. Clear guidance is provided to help staff develop a range of opportunities for students to experience the wider culture, both across the Academy and across the globe.
- To provide Capital – to provide students opportunities above and beyond their lived experience with the aim of equal opportunities for all.