“At Wrotham School we have focussed on ‘high expectations, challenge and opportunity.’ In the past, this focus has been underpinned by a behaviour policy which has focused too heavily on punitive sanctions. We recognised and celebrated student achievement, but character education was something not implicitly taught with no formalised recognition of it. In 2019 we made a radical change to our approach to character education, establishing it as central to our ethos as a school. This focus on character development, rewards, praise and restorative justice, has already seen improvements across all key metrics of the school, including our 2022 GCSE and A Level results.
We would highly encourage any school considering the quality and extent of their character provision to go through the assessment process. For us as a school the character Kitemark application process was a rewarding experience for the school and helped us to highlight key areas for development in our character provision as well as formally acknowledging the incredible work of our staff team in driving this across the entire school.”