Assemblies & Learning for Life
At Stokesley School we want to develop and prepare all our students for life in Modern Britain. It is important to ensure that each and every student has the opportunity to understand how to positively promote equality for all and develop a culture of embracing diversity alongside learning the fundamental differences between right and wrong as part of a democratic and lawful society.
Each and every student is given a plethora of opportunities to discover, learn and explore their own views and those of their peers in a supportive and encouraging environment. Ultimately, we want all our students to be able to demonstrate respect for themselves, each other, all faiths, sexualities, gender, background, our school and the wider community. It is key for each individual to develop spiritually, morally, socially and culturally in preparation for their journey into adult life.
Both our assembly programme and our bespoke Learning for Life curriculum help us achieve our aims. Both are delivered primarily during tutor time. For most weeks of the school year, students have a weekly assembly with their year group - this happens right the way from Y7 to Y13. The Learning for Life curriculum along with assemblies and a series of calendered events throughout the year, develop our students' understanding of national and international events, celebrations and commemorations as well as their character.
Learning For Life
At Stokesley School, our Learning for Life programme is delivered mainly through tutor time sessions, weekly assemblies, visiting speakers and drop down sessions. We also embed the messages we wish to deliver through our whole school activities and celebrations, enhancement opportunities, school and community projects.
Each year group has an age appropriate specific syllabus which has been quality assured to ensure it meets the September 2020 Department for Education guidelines.
We also have whole school events such as our Armistice Day Commemoration, our Celebration of International Women’s and Men’s Day, Anti-Bullying Week and our Random Act of Kindness activities weeks which we use to further embed our whole school ethos and values.
Every child has numerous opportunities to engage in the activity of their choice. Students are also encouraged to seek out and create their own groups and support students across key stages. This includes our peer mentoring scheme and reading and literacy support, both of which encourage our younger students to aspire to one day be leaders of groups themselves, as well as our Sixth Form led Eco Group.
Our lead for Learning for Life is Mr Simpson. He works closely with our Careers lead, Mrs Harrison- Henry to ensure we are meeting the Gatsby Benchmarks in preparing our students for progression across all transition stages
Our Heads of Year and our Tutor Teams deliver our curriculum content but with the support from our Senior Leadership Team and external support to ensure a consistent and collaborative approach across whole school events, assemblies and enhancement groups. The Deputy Headteacher, Mrs Darbyshire oversees this provision alongside Mrs Knapper, Head of Sixth Form and Careers.
We have invested considerable time in ensuring this curriculum in this vital area is right for our students, our school and our community.
This is also backed up by our plethora of curriculum enhancement opportunities including our Duke of Edinburgh, association with cadets, sporting teams, performance evenings including our pensioner’s tea party, our Anti-Bullying Ambassadors and our newly established Student Leader Body who work alongside our fully established Senior Prefect Sixth Form team.
Within this we cover a range of subjects which are further explored and developed as our students move through from Y7 to Y11. Some of the topics we cover are: law and society, transition phases, careers, friendship, consent, options, mental health and awareness, tolerance, respect, resilience, decisions and consequences, sex and relationships, online safety, and drugs awareness.
How can you help your child?
You can talk to them about current affairs, news headlines; discuss political and financial matters, as well as subject and career choices.