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Pupil's Personal Development

St Nicolas consistently promotes the extensive personal development of pupils. We go beyond the expected, so that pupils have access to a wide, rich set of experiences. Our aim is for all children to be courageous advocates; life-long learners; respectful, compassionate and empathetic; knowledgeable and talented; change-makers and leaders of the future; safe, happy, confident and resilient.


We have carefully considered the local context and have coherently planned our ACE curriculum and wider offer to teach them the characteristics to become successful and responsible citizens of the future.


Further information about our curriculum including trips and community projects can be found here: 

Our Great Eight Commitment to our children at St Nicolas.


Every child will:


1. Be given the opportunity to play a musical instrument in each year group

“My idea is that there is music in the air, music all around us; the world is full of it, and you simply take as much as you require.” – Edward Elgar, English composer


2. Develop a love of different sports

 “I’ve failed over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.” – Michael Jordan, American basketball superstar “Do you know what my favourite part of the game is? The opportunity to play.” -Mike Singletary, American professional football coach



3. Perform to others

“Actors are agents of change. A film, a piece of theatre, a piece of music or a book can make a difference. It can change the world.” Alan Rickman, British actor and director.



4. Visit exciting places to enhance their learning experiences

“Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.”  Maimonides, Jewish philosopher



5. Develop an awareness of environmental changes in our ever evolving planet

The only way forward, if we are going to improve the quality of the environment, is to get everybody involved.” – Richard Rogers, British architect and Former Member of the House of Lords of the United Kingdom



6. Be given opportunities to speak out with their own views

“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel” Maya Angelou, American poet and civil rights activist.



7. Understand the dynamic beliefs and values of different cultures so that they start supporting cultural differences and embrace new ways to get along in society.

“We may have different religions, different languages, different coloured skin, but we all belong to one human race."  Kofi Annan, Ghanaian diplomat and the seventh Secretary-General of the United Nations.



8. Develop empathy and compassion to create lifelong philanthropists through community projects.

“You want to be the pebble in the pond that creates the ripple for change.” Tim Cook, chief executive officer of Apple Inc.