Community is a core value at Ashwell Academy.

Ashwell places a huge importance on student recognition of the communities to which they belong. Only then can they begin to assess their own community and their impact on it.

The term ‘Community’ does not just refer to one sole community. For example, the term ‘local community’ includes smaller communities such as: School, sports teams, street and family home, as well as the larger local communities of: East/West/North Hull, Hull, East Yorkshire.

Students must be able to recognise the communities they belong to, their potential impact on that community and their responsibility to the wider global community as a whole. This is essential if they are to be successful post-16 and become positive contributors to society.

Local Communities

Ashwell Academy allows students to recognise their immediate roles within their local communities (including academy, team, family home, area and city). Students follow the CAP (Community Award Programme) which not only supports them in the above aim, but further encourages them to become positively involved in what is going on around them.

The programme requires them 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. Each community impact is awarded points or differing values. The programme is designed to award the big one offs as well as the consistent every day; though often smaller acts they are just as important and require a sustained dedication of time.

Students move through the awards, starting at Community Recognition before working towards achievements at Bronze, Silver, Gold, Diamond, Platinum levels. 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 do already. It’s a programme that can be accessed at any age, at any point in the academic year meaning students joining us mid-year can also be awarded and recognised for what they have achieved up to the point of joining us.

Ashwell students have the opportunity to take part in various visits exposing them to the wider or global community. Aspire students have already visited Poland and our link school there. In 2018, students will visit our new link school in China (pending visa applications). The international visits planned provide opportunities to work in partner schools and also learn from historical sites such as Auschwitz. Ashwell will work with Aspire which is also part of a cluster Erasmus programme, working collaboratively with schools in Romania, Italy, Portugal and Poland.

Charity and Fundraising

The Community Award Programme encourages students to see ways in which they can positively contribute to society without necessarily raising money. CAP enables students to see the benefit in their biggest commodity, time.

Aspire Academy also demonstrates to students the importance of time and personal and 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, Freddies Friends and a local shoebox appeal. This list isn’t exclusive and changes according to national and international need, which the students learn about. The aim with all such events is to show how a little sacrifice each can have a big impact when we work together. Aspire students can make a difference, no matter what their circumstance.