Community 

Community is a core value at The Compass Academy.

Pupils must be able to recognise the communities they belong to, their potential impact on those communities and their responsibility to the wider global community. This is essential if they are to be successful post-16 and mature into active and productive members of society.

The Compass Academy allows pupils to recognise their immediate roles within their local communities (including academy, team, family home, area and city). Pupils will soon be following the JASS (Junior Award Scheme for Schools) programme, which not only supports them in the aim above, but further encourages them to become positively involved in what is going on around them.

JASS is structured into four sections, designed to stretch different aspects of developing confident individuals.

  • My Interests: developing an interest or learning a new skill

  • Get Active, Stay Active: taking part in sport and physical activity

  • Me and My World: contributing to the local community

  • Adventure: outdoor activity and learning, including team work and problem solving

Each of these sections can be constructed to meet the needs of the individuals or to tie in with local interests or projects. The programme requires pupils to self-assess and evaluate their contributions at regular intervals throughout the academic year. The programme requires them to collate and liaise with various members of their local communities in order to evidence their contributions.

These are recognised with pin badges and certificates, providing a useful evidence base to present to employers and post-16 training providers during applications and interviews. This also allows the community to view them in a different light, amending any negative perceptions some may have of young people, allowing young people to feel pride and confidence in what they can do for others and recognise the positives in much of what they already do.

Charity and Fundraising

The Compass Academy encourages pupils to see ways in which they can positively contribute to society without necessarily raising money.

The Compass Academy demonstrates to pupils the importance of time and personal sacrifice to raise money for organisations, communities and charities on local, national and international levels. Annual fundraisers and events for Comic Relief and Children in Need, along with local charities such as Dove House, helping the homeless and a local care home. This list isn’t exclusive and changes according to national and international need.

Testimonials

“I like the staff, they help you with everything, like when you’re feeling upset”

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“I like the cooking lessons as we cook something different every lesson”

Pupil

“I like Art because we learn something different each day”

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“Art is my favourite lesson because it’s fun & relaxing”

Pupil

“I like this school. It’s better than my old one because I get as much help as I need”

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“I like Compass because they always help me and I fit in. My favourite lesson is art because I get to express myself”

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“I like Compass because I feel really safe and because I’m accepted for who I am”

Pupil

“The teachers are nice and kind, and always listen to you”

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“I like the trips out, and all the new experiences”

Pupil

“Teachers always think about what is best for us. I have just moved groups and it was definitely the right decision”

Pupil

“The quiet areas help me when I am upset or need to be on my own”

Pupil

“School trips are fun”

Pupil

“You get the opportunity to earn lots of rewards”

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“The staff are easy to talk to”

Pupil

“There’s always someone willing to talk to you”

Pupil

“ I love the school, it’s turned our lives around, our son has got better with attendance”

Parent

“He feels like he is part of something, and you give outside of school support too”

Parent

“The academy keeps you informed on a daily basis of behaviour, it’s like a second parent to him”

Parent

“Our daughters behaviour has changed for the better since she started”

Parent

“Our child has come on a lot in every way since they have been here”

Parent

“My son is getting a lot of support, his behaviour is getting better at home and at school”

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“My daughter is happy attending the Academy. Teachers are brave, deal with some difficulties and do a great job”

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“The academy is well supported towards children with additional needs”

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“My daughter is happy attending the Academy. Teachers are brave, deal with some difficulties and do a great job”

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“My son is enjoying learning again, because it’s a smaller setting and staff are more understanding”

Parent

“My daughter is happy attending the Academy. Teachers are brave, deal with some difficulties and do a great job”

Parent