The Academy’s Pledges initiative ensures that students understand the value of extra-curricular involvement within and outside of the Academy. Through meeting the ten Pledges, that range from attending enrichment activities to organising fundraising events, students gain confidence and valuable life experiences that will help to prepare them for life beyond Outwood Academy Ripon.

The Pledges encourage students to be actively involved in the wider school community and to realise that their experiences whilst at school stretch further than the classroom. By promoting independence and teamwork, students can apply new skills and improved confidence to all aspects of their lives. Whether it’s representing the Academy on stage, on the field or on excursions, the Pledges encourage our students to get involved, make new friends and take pride in themselves and all they do.

What are the Pledges?

Pledge 1: Regular attendance at an after Academy activity.
Pledge 2: Represent the Academy in either a sporting, cultural or academic event.
Pledge 3: Take part in an Outward Bound residential programme.
Pledge 4: Attend a national sporting, cultural event or performance at a major venue.
Pledge 5: Take part in a major Academy production or event, in any capacity.
Pledge 6: Take part in a formal presentation to an audience using ICT/multi media.
Pledge 7: Be actively involved in an International experience.
Pledge 8: Be actively involved in community experience, within or beyond the Academy.
Pledge 9: Help plan, organise or participate in a major fund raising event within the Academy.
Pledge 10: Contribute to the development of the concept of sustainability whilst at the Academy.

Why are Pledges important?

The pledges enable you to gain a wide variety of new and exciting experiences that can help you in the future. You might discover a new talent, learn new things and make new friends.

By completing the pledges you are going to have lots of things to write on application forms for college and jobs when you leave school. Most importantly you will build your confidence and achieve things you might never have thought possible.

How are Pledges recorded?

Students record the pledges, they have achieved, in their planner either on the pledges page or with a sticker provided by the member of staff when they complete a pledge. Each pledge must be signed off by the member of staff or organisation with whom they completed the tasks with. This is then recorded in a database by staff and students VMG tutors. Once the students have achieved the required amount of pledges for an award this will appear on the database and the student will be issued with a badge and sticker in the relevant colour eg, Bronze.