Pledge System - the wider experience for all

Pledges  are a vital part of being a student at our school. We have always believed that students should have a rounded experience, built on achieving the best possible academic outcomes and engaging with as diverse and broad an experience as possible as a mamber of a House and from our extensive extra curriular offer and opportunities outside of the school.
In order to further develop this ethos, raise expectations around the importance of engagement from everyone and to celebrate success, we have ‘Pledges’.

This is a model used very successfully in other Redhill Trust Academies and sees students awarded Pledges for their wider contribution to Academy life. The theme of our Pledges will be displayed throughout the Academy and staff will dedicate time to focus on helping students in identifying opportunities to achieve their Pledges and the importance of doing so. The Pledges are detailed below:

The Carlton Academy Pledges

1. To successfully participate in residential trips.
Students must ensure they represent the Academy’s ethos, values and code of conduct at all times. For example, Duke of Edinburgh expeditions or the annual ski trip.

2. To represent the Academy in sports.
Students must represent the Academy in sports events. For example, regional qualifiers, Trust Academy games and Inter-House competitions.

3. To contribute to Academy Performing Arts events.
Students must contribute consistently towards Performing Arts events. For example, dance, drama and music events.

4. To organise and actively participate in at least three different assemblies.
Students must organise or participate in either a Tutor, House or Year assembly.

5. To organise or actively participate in at least three fundraising events.
Students must get involved in fundraising events to support local or national charities. These events could be in-House, whole school or open to the local community. For example, Children in Need, or Comic Relief.

6. To take part in community projects.
Students must make a significant contribution to the local community. For example, Student Voice and Sports Leaders, Golden Grove.

7. To support others within the Academy.
Students must consistently support their peers whenever the opportunity arises. For example, mentoring or paired reading.

8. To read a range of novels every year and complete a book review for at least one per term.

Students must read a range of challenging novels throughout the school year and present a review at least three times. For example, To Kill a Mockingbird – written review to tutor / verbal presentation to tutor group or a visual representation (art work or collage) incorporating themes, characters and language from the novel. Alternatively, students may negotiate a different response style; song, poem, video diary etc.

9. My own pledge is…

Students are asked to negotiate with their Tutor their own pledge.

Students are required to achieve 7 Pledges by the end of Key Stage 4

The Carlton Academy Pledge Passport


Pledges are recorded in a physical 'Passport'. Each student has their own individual Passport which stays with them through years 7-11. These are reviewed and recorded in extended tutor times once per half term. and are reported to parents at each assessment point. 

At the end of the school year, we hold House Commendation Evenings, where students are awarded commendations for pledges that they have achieved along with other suuccesses they have had during the school year, including Club Class and attendance.