Colours – The De Lacy Academy’s Colours initiative ensures that students understand the value of extra-curricular involvement within and outside of the Academy.
At De Lacy Academy, we encourage students to take part in a wide range of activities that positively impact on individuals and the wider community both in and out of school. We recognise this by awarding Colours badges at the end of each half term as part of our celebration assemblies. Each Colour signifies a different type of activity undertaken by our students. Our curriculum is structured in a way to enable all students to earn a Colour. Each half term links specifically to different Colours in order to highlight and provide opportunities to earn each one. They can however, be earned in any order you wish over the year.
Through earning the Colours, which range from attending enrichment activities to organising fundraising events, students will gain confidence and valuable life experiences that will help to them prepare for life in our community and beyond the Academy.
Gate Crasher – Here at De Lacy we turn every moment into a learning opportunity. Our Gate Crasher initiative allows our SLT and SSO staff to target key learning as our students enter the academy grounds.
We target the themes based upon the needs of our student body. We use recall and retrieval to help support our curriculum areas as well as our cultural experiences. Some examples of what we may target are listed below –
- Capital Cities
- Maths equations
- Key themes
- Culture Vulture recall
- Science equations
- Word of the week definitions
- Literature text key quotations
De Lacy Dazzlers is produced weekly and shown to every class during form time and then displayed for the rest of the half-term on all the screens around the school. It’s a visual celebration of pupils’ achievement across all aspects of school life in the previous week including:
- Year group attendance report
- Who has completed the most homework tasks on HegartyMaths, Sparx, GCSEPod, Languagenut and Educake
- Pupils, nominated by a member of staff, who have completed particularly good work in class or played well in a school sporting tournament
It now also includes weekly school notices and information including:
- Exam arrangements
- Club notices
- Word of the Week
- Career of the Week