Education Secretary Nicky Morgan has praised a Peterborough primary school for a Magna Carta project it is running to teach pupils about rights and responsibilities.
Nicky Morgan said the “great work Ormiston Academies Trust does to develop young people outside as well as inside the classroom” would, alongside their academic education, help ensure their students would succeed in life.
And she singled out Ormiston Meadows in Peterborough for special praise. The primary academy is running a joint project with Ormiston Academies Trust’s two other primaries (Ormiston Herman in Great Yarmouth and Ormiston South Parade in Grimsby) for the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta being signed.
The aim is for children at the schools to understand the relevance and importance in our society today of the Magna Carta, including producing their own pupil pledge of rights.
The education secretary, speaking at the trust’s annual conference, said: “Ormiston Academies Trust is doing great work to develop young people outside as well as inside the classroom.
“I want all pupils to be well-rounded, confident, resilient and happy so they can all realise their potential. A vital part of this has been our work to raise the bar and place academic rigour at the heart of the education system. But that’s not all that education is about.
“Ormiston’s primaries are running a Magna Carta project, in this the 800th anniversary year. Schemes [like this] are crucial if young people are going to leave school with not just academic qualifications but with other life skills that set them up to succeed.”
Professor Toby Salt, chief executive of Ormiston Academies Trust, said: “At Ormiston, we are committed to ensuring that every single one of our students gains a first-class academic education.
“But we know that this isn’t enough, which is why we also offer opportunities beyond the classroom so that our students leave us as well-rounded citizens.
“Our Magna Carta project has been a great success. The historic charter marked the start of the freedoms which it is easy to take for granted, but its relevance today remains, and our pupils have benefited hugely from learning about it and putting into place their own pupil pledge.”