Personal Development

Upton Cross ACE Academy provides a wide, rich set of experiences to support pupils’ personal development both through the Curriculum and through the extra-curricular activities, which the school organises to enrich the experiences of pupils.


Social, moral, spiritual and cultural development

As a school we provide many opportunities to promote pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. Some examples within each of these areas include:


These include opportunities to take on responsibilities and make a positive contribution to the school, for example: 

  • Ambassadors
  • House Captains
  • Peer Mediators
  • Prefects
  • School Council


  • Assemblies
  • Circle time
  • PSHE lessons
  • Newsround


  • Assemblies
  • Mindfulness
  • RE lessons
  • Visits from religious leaders
  • Visits to places of worship


  • Visits to cultural sites e.g. Truro, Local mining heritage etc
  • Dance, music, drama and theatre workshops
  • Studying the works of great writers, artists etc e.g. Shakespeare
  • Virtual workshops to the Houses of Parliament and mock elections
  • Taking part in sporting events e.g. Cross Country League

Developing pupils’ character skills

At Upton Cross, we aim to equip our pupils to lead happy and successful lives, by supporting them to develop positive character skills. Also referred to as ‘essential life skills’, these include self-control, confidence, social skills, motivation and resilience.

We provide many opportunities for pupils to develop their resilience, motivation and confidence within lessons by challenging pupils to aim high and achieve their very best. We also offer enrichment activities which allow pupils to apply these skills e.g. through yoga, sports, outdoor and adventurous activities etc.


Wider opportunities

Pupils are offered a broad range of opportunities to develop their talents and interests both within lessons and during extra-curricular activities or clubs. These include opportunities to:

  • Perform on the local amphitheatre stage - Sterts
  • Develop their social, emotional, mental and physical health through yoga and mindfulness
  • Engage in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) events

Our extra-curricular activities and clubs have a strong take up and we particularly encourage pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds to take part in these.


Pastoral support

The pastoral support within the school is a particular strength, we the following support to pupils who are experiencing social and emotional difficulties:

  • 1:1 counselling
  • Animal Assisted Play therapy style interventions
  • Nurture groups
  • Emotional Literacy Support with a trained ELSA
  • Social skills, anger management and self-esteem workshops
  • Regular referrals to access County support e.g. parental support, family workers etc