Astrea Academy Trust celebrates a Day of Promise to develop Character

++ Pupils at Carrfield Primary Academy mark the end of the school year with “Promise” activities ++

Carrfield Primary Academy in Rotherham today hosted a ‘Day of Promise’ for Astrea Academy Trust. 300 pupils enjoyed a morning packed full of exciting activities that aim to ‘inspire beyond measure’.

The Astrea Promise is a new initiative that will see pupils across the trust taking part in a range of activities that link back to Astrea’s core value of resilience, empathy, aspiration, contribution and happiness.

To date, Astrea has delivered 5,600 activities to over 2,000 pupils from across the Astrea family, which now comprises 21 academies in the South Yorkshire and Cambridgeshire regions. These include activities such as: breaking a record; competing in a poetry competition; creating a sculpture; growing and eating their own food; volunteering in the community; visiting a university; and having an overseas trip.  

Through the Promise, every Astrea primary school is making a formal commitment to an education that reaches out beyond the classroom. The Promise means that during their time with us, every child will have the opportunity to experience 30 difference memorable activities and challenges that have been specifically designed to help develop character.

The Day of Promise included the following activities:

  • A workshop with Olympian sprinter, Emily Freeman;
  • Coaching course with former Footballer, Bruce Dyer;
  • Pupils planting flowers to improve the school environment; and
  • Pupils cooking using ingredients grown on the school site

Libby Nicholas, CEO of Astrea said: “Our core commitment at Astrea is that all our academies inspire beyond measure. Ensuring that our pupils achieve academically to the very best of their abilities is a non-negotiable, but it doesn’t end there. We believe that our role is to support children in developing as people, helping them discover their talents and to reach their full potential in the broadest sense.

“We believe passionately in an education with no boundaries so that children can fly. The Day of Promise exemplifies this belief and we hope will be a memorable day for all involved!”

Working their way through bronze, silver and gold activities, pupils will have the opportunity to get involved in a whole range of exciting projects, from growing and eating their own food and climbing a mountain, through to sleeping under the stars and visiting a university. The Promise also includes at least one visit to London and one visit to a foreign country.

Andrew Crossley, Principal of Carrfield Primary Academy said: “Today showcases just a small sample of the truly inspiring work going on across the Astrea trust. Through Astrea, are promised the opportunity to engage activities and experiences that will expand their horizons, develop key character traits and make memories that will last a lifetime. The Primary Promise is just the start of this. The launch of the Secondary Promise and Early Years in September will see thousands more pupils accessing this aspirational approach to education, where schools are empowered to reach beyond the norm and deliver a truly inspiring education to all.”