Personal Development

Opening young minds to a world of possibilities through education

Through our shared vision, we are driven to give the children of our school community the best start to
their personal, academic and working life. Our aim is to ensure that all our children are safe, responsible
and respectful young people, preparing them for secondary school and beyond. We have carefully
considered the local context and have coherently planned our curriculum and wider offer to teach
them the characteristics to become successful and responsible citizens of the future.

We believe in three core values for the pupils at EGPA to achieve our shared vision. The curriculum has been mapped to ensure that pupils have access to opportunities to develop these values. Further information about our core values can also be found by clicking HERE.

Personal Development Curriculum Map

You can find further information about the Thrive approach to learning by clicking HERE.

You can also find out about our approach to PSHE and JIGSAW by clicking HERE.

Pupil Leadership Team

Children are a key part of our school and therefore each year, we hold democratic elections to select representatives from each year to sit on the Pupil Leadership Team. The members then meet with Miss Watson to discuss school matters, issues that the children would like to raise, representing their classes wishes and feelings. The Pupil Leadership Team also contribute towards the development plan of the academy.

This is a key part of British Values in action.

Further information about our Student Leadership opportunities can be found HERE.


We have an active eco-council who meet regularly to develop our eco-strategy and consider way to reduce our impact on the environment.

The council also meet with other eco-groups in the Garforth school community.

The school leaders are Miss Watson and Miss Carter.

Extra-Curricular Clubs

At EGPA, we have a vast range of high-quality clubs that children can access. These include a range of sports and academic clubs. The pupil leadership team are currently collecting pupil voice on future clubs they would like to see in school.

Educational Trips and Residentials

Educational trips and residentials are an important part of our school offer. Learning in new environments, being a responsible citizen and independence are all key life skills. We also believe that new experiences are also key to developing ambition and developing an understanding of the wider world.

Garforth Peace Flame

On 28th April 2017 a World Peace Flame Monument was installed in Garforth, Leeds.  As a school we regularly engage in activities with the Garforth team, to develop children’s understanding of peace and conflict and the role we all play as citizens of the world.

We recently contributed to the Garforth peace flag.

Music Tuition

We offer a vast range of musical instrument tuition opportunities. Children are able to learn to play instruments as part of the curriculum, but in addition to this a number of our pupils elect to take advantage of further tuition. We ensure that pupil premium children also have access to this. This offer enables pupils to develop their own personal interests and talents. Each year we have a music concert to showcase pupil talents and progress.


As well as a high-quality PE curriculum, children at EEGPA we are able to particulate in a vast range of sporting events, which include inter and intra-school opportunities. We participate in a number of competitive events, for example cross-country, football, athletics and more.

We also hold regular sessions where children are able to try sports and activities. This enables children to try new things together, but also have access to local clubs to develop interests outside of school.

Votes for Schools

Each week we take part in the Votes for Schools poll, across KS1 and KS2 (Years 1-6). Votes for Schools is a key element of our curriculum, including rich exposure to issues involving British Values and social moral spiritual and cultural development. The approach allows allows pupils to consider current world issues and have their say in terms of the opinion they develop on a question over the course of the week. The week starts with a school assembly and then later in the week their is a further class based sessions, which ends with a vote.

Please see the results of a recent poll, which asked whether the Lionesses’ Euro win would lead to long lasting change in the world of football.

Young Voices

Each year we participate in Young Voices in Sheffield. This involves the school joining other schools to form a huge choir and perform to parents. Prior to this, the children spend time learning the songs and developing their singing and performance skills.