A school that has combined effective character development with teaching all pupils fencing has been named the national winner of the Character Awards.
King's Leadership Academy, a secondary free school in Warrington, Cheshire, has been awarded a total of £35,000 for its outstanding work in promoting virtue in pupils.
A range of character-building measures have been adopted by the institution in addition to an 18-week fencing programme, including:
- Providing weekly classes in public speaking, philosophy and ethics.
- Empowering pupils to take leadership roles within the school.
- Ensuring all pupils take part in the school's brass orchestra.
Last year, school inspection body Ofsted said pupils at the institution have a strong "motivation to succeed" due to the promotion of values such as "integrity, respect and endeavour".
Education secretary Nicky Morgan said: "King's Leadership Academy in Warrington is leading the character charge and I hope other schools can learn from its success."
The institution has pledged to use the award money to spread the teaching of character to other schools across the country.
Posted by Tim Colman