Civic Award

The Torbay Civic Award (TCA) is now in its sixth year at Sacred Heart, with each year gaining more participants and commitment from our pupils.This year almost all of our Year Six children are taking part. The award has been designed to promote good citizenship skills throughout the school and their communities. Pupils gain confidence, self-esteem and many valuable skills which they will carry throughout their lives, taking part in residential trips and experiencing many new activities.


What do participants have to do?

        The basic principles behind the TCA are to increase confidence and independence in pupils by encouraging them to make a difference to their communities.  This is achieved through 5 elements:

Active citizenship in the school – peer mediators, school councillors, house captains, etc.

  • Active citizenship in the community – beach cleaning, volunteer work, helping neighbours, dog walking, etc.
  • An active hobby;
  • A non-active hobby (one of which must be new);
  • A residential experience – time spent away from home and involving some type of adventure training.


Children are also expected to support a charity of their choice.  This often couples neatly with the community element.

How are the participants assessed?

        Civic Award participants are assessed in June.  They produce a portfolio of evidence, which could contain photos, certificates, letters, receipts, planning sheets – the idea is not to add extra work, rather give prompts for their ‘interview’.  The interview will be a short discussion/presentation with a local VIP!  Successful candidates are then awarded will their certificates at a prestigious ceremony at Torquay Boys’ Grammar School.

Can I help?

        If your child is taking part in 2016/17, please support them whenever necessary, although bare in mind that each element should be driven by the children.

Civic Award Update

Posted: 26 November 2018

Our Year 6 Civic Award children would like to say a big thank you for all the donations they received to their Christmas Boxes appeal. They were able to fill 30 boxes and as I am writing the boxes are on a lorry travelling to Eastern Europe to be opened with love by the children who receive them. A fantastic effort by all. On Tuesday Evie had her hair cut for her chosen charity: NSPCC. Evie organised the whole event herself and her hairdresser kindly came in on her day off. Evie has raised over £220. Well done!!

Chocolate Apples

Posted: 15 November 2017

By making and selling chocolate apples, they raised £77.18 for guide dogs.


Year 6 – Fiver Challenge

Posted: 17 July 2017

The Year 6s have been working hard on their Fiver Challenge over the past four weeks. They were each given £5 and could work individually or as a group to start a business with the aim of making a product or providing a service which would make a profit. Along the way, the children have been participating in activities to develop eight main employability skills: confidence, communication, teamwork, initiative,  problem-solving, resilience, organisation and financial capability. They designed logos, advertising and gave themselves a company name. The challenge ended at the school fayre on Friday where the businesses had trade stands. Once the £5s and floats have been paid back, the children will count their profits. Well done, Y6.


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