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BSKL Award

The BSKL Award is a programme of personal endeavour open to all pupils from Year 7 to Year 9.

The Award

The award started during the 2016/2017 academic year with 11 students. In 17/18, 56 students participated and a further increase is expected as the award expands into Year 9 during 18/19.

To receive the award pupils need to fulfil a set of challenges and demonstrate progress in the areas of personal development that are set out in the School Charter; specifically independence, teamwork, leadership, courage, presence and self-discipline as well as developing community spirit. 

The BSKL Award is a place for students to be heard, feel valued, it breaks boundaries, gives students recognition, makes them feel part of the school and wider community, helps develop a sense of belonging and identity as well as giving them opportunities for adventure.

Structure of the Programme

The award is a year round on-going programme, structured into three levels: Merit (Year 7), Distinction (Year 8) and Honours (Year 9). The levels are achieved by meeting their corresponding criteria for each level. The programme is designed so that pupils can realistically and with dedication achieve one level per Year.

Elements of the Award

  • Endeavour
  • Service
  • Global Awareness
  • Leadership (Year 8 and 9 only)
  • Expedition

Criteria

 

Merit

(1st Year)

Distinction 

(2nd Year)

Honours 

(3rd Year)

Endeavour

To complete a project in an area of personal interest, curricular or extracurricular, approximately 30 hours of focused work and effort. (To be continuously evidenced in detail throughout the year).

Aim to develop independence, self-discipline, awareness, presence and  presentation and communication skills.

To complete a project in an area of personal interest, curricular or extracurricular, approximately 40 hours of focused work and effort. (To be continuously evidenced in detail throughout the year).

Aim to develop independence, self-discipline, awareness, presence and presentation and communication skills.

To complete a project in an area of personal interest, curricular or extracurricular, approximately 50 hours of focused work and effort. (To be continuously evidenced in detail throughout the year).

Aim to develop independence, self-discipline, awareness, presence and presentation and communication skills.

Service

Community work: give your time and skills to create a long term impact in the community (school or the wider community).

Community work: give your time and skills to create a long term impact in the community (school or the wider community).

Community work: give your time and skills to create a long term impact in the community (school or the wider community).

Global Awareness

Experience the arts.

Experience another culture through literature and complete a Binge On Books (BOB) task.

Experience the arts.

Experience another culture through literature and complete a Binge On Books (BOB) task.

Experience the arts.

Experience another culture through literature (at least two books) and complete a Binge On Books (BOB) task.

Leadership N/A

Lead a whole school event with the aim of developing leadership skills and also communication, organisation and teamwork skills.

Lead a whole school event with the aim of developing leadership skills and also communication, organisation and teamwork skills.

Expedition

Expedition focusing on teamwork and courage.

(2 nights, 3 days).

Expedition focusing on conservation, teamwork and communication and presentation skills.

(3 nights, 4 days).

Expedition focusing on conservation, leadership and independence

(3 nights, 4 days).

Final Evaluation

To receive the award students must submit an application for evaluation. Evaluations take place annually at the end of the year. The process is formal and the format depends on the level of the award.

Merit (Year 7)

A 5 minute presentation documenting their award, presented to a panel with a short Q&A. 

Distinction (Year 8)

A 10 minute presentation documenting their award, presented to a panel with a short Q&A. 

Honours (Year 9)

Presentation documenting the years spent on the award, overview of skills gained & what impact this will have on them in KS4 to a panel of teachers, Head of Years and the Senior Leadership Team.

If you have any questions about the BSKL Award, please contact Nicola Fletcher or Su Lin Khoo. 

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