What are Pledges?

An undertaking, or commitment (to a person or organisation) by a solemn promise e.g. spending more time with family, being an honest friend, coming to school, doing homework. Pledges mean making a commitment to something, someone, or yourself and giving 100% to doing our very best to achieve that goal.

The aim of our pledges is to broaden experiences, extend opportunities, learn new skills, gain confidence and raise the aspirations of our young people.

How to achieve a Pledge

Throughout the academic year, children will be given a variety of learning opportunities. Children will record when they have achieved the pledges in a Pledge Passport. Each pledge will be signed off by the class teacher. The passports will be reviewed regularly and celebrated in assemblies, on class blogs and with parents.

Why are Pledges important?

The fifty pledges at The Florence Nightingale Academy enable all our children to access wide variety of new and exciting experiences that will help them in future life. You might discover a new talent, learn new things and make new friends.

Achieving Pledges will help children reach their potential, increase self-esteem, raise confidence, increases expectations of ourselves and develops a positive outlook on life.

Here is a link to the Pledges booklet that the children receive in school – The Florence Nightingale Pledges

The Florence Nightingale Pledges 


Year Group Pledge Aspiration- building cultural capital

·         Raise a butterfly

·         Perform in a play

·         Build a shelter

·         Have a hands-on experience with animals

·         Have a picnic

·         Take part in competitive sport

·         Plant a flower or tree, look after it, watch it grow

These pledges will allow our youngest children to explore the environment which surrounds us and learn through new experiences.
Key Stage 1

·         Watch a performance

·         Visit a museum or art gallery

·         Visit a religious building

·         Walk in a wood

·         Speak a second language

·         Visit a library

·         Grow vegetables

·         Visit a university

·         Participate in ballet lessons

·         Have a debate

·         Visit a historical place

·         Meet an author

·         Take part in a drama activity

·         Build relationships with elderly residents in our community

Children will be immersed in the arts at an early age, in order to inspire them to shape their own future.  They will develop a deep sense of community spirit and learn about the society in which they live.
Lower Key stage 2

·         Eat in a restaurant

·         Spend a night away

·         Catch a bus, tram or train

·         Go camping

·         Hold a charity event to raise money

·         Star gaze

·         Watch a sports event

·         Visit a theatre

·         Make a camp fire

·         Become a pen pal

·         Have a poem published

·         Sing in a choir

·         Raise awareness of the environment

Children will learn invaluable skills, including self-esteem, confidence and independence. Life long skills that they will draw upon in their future. Children will learn how to communicate and collaborate together. They will build memories that will stay with them forever.
Upper Key stage 2

·         Learn to play an instrument

·         Cook a meal

·         Climb a huge hill

·         Go the seaside

·         Go orienteering

·         Complete first aid training

·         Interview someone

·         Record a lesson

·         Read 100 books

·         Teach a lesson

·         Learn to swim

·         Campaign for equality

·         Visit a local hospital

·         Meet an MP

·         Record a song

·         Work with children in a special school

Children can see that their future aspirations extend beyond the academics – into drama, music, technology- for them to be creative, develop artistic minds and lead and innovate in the future. They could be our next generation of designers, musical directors, performers, producers and stage managers.