What is a Pledge?

An undertaking, or commitment (to a person or organisation) by a solemn promise e.g. getting married, spending more time with family, being an honest friend, coming to school, doing homework. Pledges mean making a commitment to something, someone, or yourself and giving 100% to doing our very best to achieve that goal.

Students are encouraged to participate fully in the life of the academy beyond the classroom and via our pledges scheme. By completing Pledges students are able to have new experiences, learn new skills, develop existing knowledge, gain confidence and grow as individuals. To achieve a ‘pledge’ students must complete certain tasks and attend particular group activities. For example to achieve Pledges 1, 2, or 4 students must enthusiastically take part in a diverse range of sporting clubs or cultural activities. This could include football, rugby, netball, hockey, cricket, basketball, tennis, athletics, botcha, trampolining, culture club, Philosophy and Ethics debating Society; these activities can lead to individuals and teams representing the academy at local, district and national level. Students in Years 9, 10 and 11 may then aim to become qualified leaders through nationally recognised programmes.

We aim for students to have undertaken a certain amount of pledges at particular points during their Outwood Academy Portland careers. Depending on age, students can then progress into Year 9 or have the opportunity to attend the Year 11 prom, for example:

Graduate to Year 9: 3 pledges are required
Go to the Year 11 Prom: 7 pledges are required
Be ready for University: 10 are required

What are the Pledges at Outwood Academy Portland?

Click on the files below and see what you need to do to achieve the pledge.

Students record the pledges they have achieved in a Pledge Passport. Each pledge must be signed off by the member of staff or organisation with whom they completed the tasks with. This is then recorded onto a database by students VMG tutors.

Why are Pledges Important?

The pledges at Outwood Academy Portland enable you to gain a wide variety of new and exciting experiences that can help you in the future. You might discover a new talent, learn new things and make new friends. By completing the pledges you are going to have lots of things to write on application forms for college and jobs when you leave school. Most importantly you will build your confidence and achieve things you might never have thought possible.

What can I gain from completing my pledges?

Reach our potential, Increase self-esteem, Raise confidence, Feel ‘good’ about ourselves, Keep moving towards the next level of achievement, Put us on a path to success Increase expectations of ourselves, Positive work ethic and outlook on life and be happy!!