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Character Development

character traits

Ofsted’s definition of character is “a set of positive personal traits, dispositions and virtues that informs pupils’ motivation and guides their conduct so that they reflect wisely, learn eagerly, behave with integrity and cooperate consistently well with others.” 

These are the 8 Character Traits and the associated qualities. Generosity of Spirit / Learn from Mistakes / Passionate / Purposeful / Resilient / Resourceful / Responsible / Sophisticated.  

Character development opportunities 

Art Club

Extra curricular character development

Indian dance


Saturday clubs

kindness Club

extra curricular clubs

character development in spanish

sch0ol band

pop choir

Creative Imedia and computing character

Rendezvous Cafe extra-curricular club

Mr Millard was supported by pupil leaders during our Freshers' Fayre to recruit young chefs to the Rendezvous Café extracurricular club.

"Rendezvous Café has been booked out now till July 2024. This means six groups of 18 pupils booking on a six-week program in the cook club on a carousel until we finish in July 2024."

Don't worry, you can still be involved as part of the service team or even as a customer, enjoying the fine food our pupils make!


 wood street mission - Christmas gifts

Kindness Club have chosen a Christmas appeal to support which is Wood Street Mission, a charity that collects Christmas gifts, selection boxes, books, wrapping paper and chocolate for children in Manchester and Salford who are struggling at Christmas. Kindness Club reps will hopefully be popping into forms  and assemblies to advertise their collection and U8 can be a drop off for anyone who wants  to bring in any items. The charity do ask for new items not old toys so as a group we were thinking maybe selection boxes and wrapping paper could be a cheaper alternative but we are happy to accept all toys too! 

Visit U8 at lunch time if you wish to join the Kindness Club Pupil Leaders.


national Citizenship Service

Click on the picture below to find out more. North Cestrian has teamed up with the national Citizenship Service to provide pupils with opportunities to build your experiences and character development including all our 8 traits. Before you sign up on the NCS (National Citizenship Service) send an email to Mr Bell to book your place with the school. m.bell@northcestrian.co.uk 

Could you build your character by becoming a Reading Buddy?

  • Be a coach to a younger pupil?

    It would involve meeting your buddy once weekly (with free breakfast in the canteen) to read with them and discuss their book, for about 10-15 minutes.

    The main benefits are:

  • improving your reading and speaking skills
  • sharing good things to read and finding a new way to enjoy reading
  • having a younger member of the school see you as a friendly face, a mentor, someone who can help you with all things NCS


Interested? Email Mrs Johnson on c.johnson@northcestrian.co.uk or see her in LH4.

Pop/Chamber choir/school band

earth sciences club

science library

gardening Group

year 7 science club


duke of edinburgh

Read about the Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award. If you would like to develop your character at North Cestrian and you are in Year this year then read through the D Of E website.

Then email m.bell@northcestrian.co.uk to apply for a place by outlining how this award would develop your character.

the rendezvous cafe cook book club

Rendezvous cafe summer bbq cookbook