Values and Ethos



Our motto of ‘Where learning comes first’ encapsulates the ethos of our school where we do everything in our power to provide the best possible learning experience for all students regardless of age, gender and/or ability, both inside and outside the classroom.

Underpinning everything we do is a determination to develop socially articulate young citizens who are responsible, reliable and respectful members of their local community. A range of curriculum experiences will develop students’ understanding of what it means to be a citizen in modern Britian so that they will be able to understand and challenge opinions and behaviours that are contrary to fundamental British values. Through our taught curriculum and extra-curricular provision we offer a range of opportunities for our students to relate to and engage with the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and  beliefs, in order that they can develop the skills and attitudes that will allow them to participate and contribute fully to life in modern Britain.

The fundamental values of democracy, liberty and the rule of law are reflected in the many aspects of the work of our student council and the student leadership opportunities that challenge students both in lessons and in the wide variety of extra-curricular activities that are on offer.

Students, particularly year 9, are heavily involved in making decisions as we start our first year 10 and move towards being an 11-16 school. We want our students to understand how citizens can influence decision-making through the democratic process and appreciate that living under the rule of law protects all citizens and ensures their wellbeing and safety. During lessons students are given the opportunity to learn about how our country has been shaped and how as a country we embrace that our citizens have different faiths and beliefs and that these should be accepted and tolerated and not be the cause of prejudicial or discriminatory behaviour. More detailed curriculum information can be seen in the mapping grid below.

Careers education and guidance encourages students to reflect and understand what skills and attributes they will need to participate fully in life in modern Britain. Resilience and empathy are encouraged and developed in our Skills Days, Day 0, Holocaust Memorial Day and Activity Week which involves students participating in trips here in Britain and abroad. One of the trips to South Africa enables students to see and experience at first-hand democracy, liberty and the rule of law in another continent and compare it with their own experience of life in Britain today. Student support services are all geared and committed to ensuring that each student has every opportunity to achieve their full potential, develop a lifelong love of learning for its own sake and any barrier to learning that they face is removed. We hold the Anti-bullying Award, awarded April 2015

‘Students are heavily involved in leading their learning. They are involved in the process of saying what works for them and influencing the developments in the school.’

Our PSHE (Personal, Social, and Health Education) programme underpins our emphasis on developing young people who can take responsibility for their own actions and develop effective relationships that ensure the school community is fully inclusive, happy and operates in a healthy way. PSHE rigorously supports and promotes a learning culture centred on mutual respect and trust. There is a continued focus on charitable works which encourages our students to be thoughtful, compassionate and tolerant of those in the local and wider community. The esafety training for students also focuses on respect and makes students aware of behaviour that may be dangerous which may have a significant effect on wellbeing. The House System encourages competition which aims to challenge students to always do the best that they can do. A common mantra used around the school is ‘all equal, all different, all valued.’ The RE curriculum ensure that all religions are studied and addresses the values of democracy and Human Rights and encourages students to respectfully disagree and understand differing views without prejudice or discrimination.

The welfare, health and safety of our students is paramount and behaviour, attendance, punctuality are all excellent and support the learning culture within the school. Policies and procedures approved and implemented by the Governing Body show our determination to have an ethos and culture ‘Where learning comes first’.