• Archbishop of York’s Award

At Bennett we have recently embarked on the Archbishop of York’s Award: an award designed to develop young leaders and to be outward facing, enabling collaboration in teams and volunteering projects that put into practice the knowledge and characteristics being developed. The vision is to develop young people into the kind of leaders who lead by example, by ‘Being the change you want to see in the world.’

Such a project has a vital place in the school’s Christian vision to develop the whole child to live life in all its fullness. Such fullness is not found in simply bettering ourselves but in looking to the needs of everyone and to the common good. St. Francis of Assisi reminds us of this in a line from his famous prayer, Make me a channel of your peace: ‘In giving to all men that we receive.’

Our vision and virtues work in the three areas of excellence, character and service. Here we can see an opportunity to develop character through practicing virtues such as compassion, empathy, perseverance, cheerfulness and generosity. In doing so we enact service, contributing to the community of which we are a part.

The award is being delivered in the tutor programme in year 8 and through the RE curriculum in year 11.