The CCHS PROUD Ideals

PROUD at Clacton County High SchoolAt Clacton County High School we teach our students to be PROUD of what they do and how to achieve the success that they rightly deserve, both at school and in their lives as a whole. Having pride in what they do and how they present themselves will enable them to increase their self-esteem; this in turn will help them realise their dreams.

Our PROUD initiative supports our ethos of ‘Higher Expectations, Raising Aspirations’ by promoting an attitude to learn and do well. Being a student at CCHS is more than just about academic results, we want all of our students to be part of the broader community, to have compassion and empathy for others and to become good citizens with an understanding of the importance of modern British values.

Our PROUD ideals focus on Perseverance, Responsibility, Opportunity, Unity and Diversity and encourage students to look beyond school and exceed their own personal expectations encourages students to look beyond school and exceed their own personal expectations.
‘PROUD Pledges’ has been created in order for students to track their progress outside of the curriculum, if they are successful in achieving the pledges, they will receive prestigious awards, which will include the opportunity to attend residential trips as a celebration of their success. As a school, we aim to provide our students with the recognition that they deserve for working hard and achieving goals beyond academic achievement.
Students have a special PROUD Pledges Portfolio, which acts as a Record of Achievement for students to update and maintain throughout their time at Clacton County High School. The special folder will be something that students will take with them once they ‘graduate’ from CCHS and will provide a memorable record, with evidence to show others how they challenged themselves and met their personal goals, as well as, highlighting their achievements.

There are ten PROUD pledges for students to complete each year through different activities. They can build in as much as they like and can repeat any one pledge several times over:
PROUD @ CCHS
• Take part in a formal presentation
• Regularly participate in a school enrichment activity
• Take part in a community event
• Represent the school - performance, sport, club or event
• Attend a school residential/enrichment trip
• Attend a nationally significant landmark or event
• Contribute to school sustainability
• Take part in an international experience
• Take work experience or volunteer with a local employer
• Actively participate in raising funds for a charity

Perseverance:
• Succeeding in the face of adversity and never giving up
• Understanding the difference between, "I can't" and "I can't, yet."
• Pushing beyond your perceived personal limitations. Can I do more? What can I do to improve?

Responsibility:
• Taking responsibility for your education, aspirations and actions
• Presenting yourself well; being polite to others, wearing the correct uniform and choosing to be well equipped for school
• Understanding that all actions have consequences, taking ownership and accepting responsibility

Opportunity:
• Taking advantage of all of the opportunities that come along
• Understanding that an opportunity is a great chance for you to shine and do your best
• Recognising that an opportunity is a stepping stone towards your future aspirations

Unity:
• Working and supporting others; together we are stronger
• Understanding the importance of community, school, local, national and global societal issues
• Being a good citizen, thinking about and respecting others

Diversity:
• Accepting differences, ethnicity, beliefs, religions and gender choices
• Being PROUD that we are all different; embracing the differences and learning from each other
• Broadening the mind through knowledge; being open to others’ ideas and views

Students have the opportunity to be rewarded for following the five PROUD ideals and can gain reward points - ways of earning a reward include consistently good presentation of their work, wearing correct uniform, respecting themselves and others, holding doors open for others and arriving at school on time ready to learn and equipped with pens and pencils, as well as the showing understanding and determination throughout their learning.