Thinking into Character

In addition to academic success, it is important that students become productive members of modern British society. We also recognise that personal renewal is a process that takes place over the course of a person’s entire life and, in line with our ethos, ‘the end result of education is character,’ we want our students to develop their own personal skills that will enable them to move onto the next stage of their education as well-rounded individuals with an understanding of the laws of nature. Bearing in mind the enhancement of each student’s personal renewal, we have developed an innovative programme ‘Thinking into Character’. This is a transformational life-changing programme, underpinned by the concept of growth mind-set, which originated from Stanford University California. We show each student how to think more clearly; set and achieve their goals; and take actions which will lead to a very productive and fulfilling future. Passion and desires come from within, and students will be encouraged to progress towards the realisation of their goals.


Thinking into Character is an award-winning transformational programme, designed to help students to set and achieve meaningful goals, to be resilient and proactive in the face of obstacles, and to embed habits that will lead to a productive and happy future.

Thinking into Character is embedded into student timetables via the PADP or PSHEE programme according to the year group.

Learn more about the Thinking into Character programme here.


Our assemblies cover a wide range of topics, including Thinking into Character. Thinking into Character assemblies will focus on topics enabling students to build resilience, develop confidence and set meaningful goals.

Learn more about the Thinking into Character programme here.


Personal Development is an integral part of all the courses where students can expect to learn about a myriad of topics. A small selection includes healthy living, current world issues, managing finances, safety, stress management and mind set – understanding themselves to set ambitious goals and how to overcome challenges and barriers to reach success (part of the Thinking into Character programme). This will be delivered via the Personal Achievement and Development Programme (PADP) which is a programme taken by all the students at the college. The programme is built into the student’s weekly timetable and takes place during the Autumn and Spring terms.