THE SCHOOL VISION
Our vision derives from a dynamic process of consultation and engagement. It is continually under review. The current version represented below attempts to capture the key themes that emerged from a community wide, year long reflection. The vision is encapsulated in our motto Education to understand the world and change it for the better.
The purpose of our school is to provide an excellent educational experience that enables our young people to understand the world they will inherit so that they can change it for the better. This is underpinned by four key commitments to excellence:
EXCELLENCE THROUGH CREATIVITY: What makes us special?
We believe that creativity is crucial for young peoples’ development. We therefore offer an excellent educational experience based on creativity in all our disciplines. We want our young people to understand the world they inherit so that they can change it for the better. We are committed to specific habits of mind, to being inquisitive, collaborative, persistent, disciplined and imaginative. We work with passion, dignity and style and we value individuality, playfulness and innovation.
EXCELLENCE THROUGH COMMUNITY: What holds us together?
We are an inclusive community offering an entitlement to great opportunities in a friendly and disciplined atmosphere characterised by excellent relationships. Everyone is known, loved and included personally in our big family. We value fairness, equality and justice and respect each other’s cultures and gifts. We work closely with parents and local people and we prepare our young people for a global future. Leadership is dispersed, shared and effective. We value trust, care, happiness, entitlement, inclusivity, equality, relationships, consideration and love.
EXCELLENCE THROUGH ENGAGEMENT: What keeps us learning?
We want everyone in our community to learn and develop together through authentic engagement and exceptional teaching. Our young people love learning because of our commitment to knowledge, our common creativity and cohesive community. We educate them to become independent thinkers, working with their individual talents to learn and achieve. We share high aspirations and expectations for ourselves and our school and we expect that learning continues well beyond lessons. We value participation, communication, praise, experience and empowerment.
EXCELLENCE THROUGH CHALLENGE: What can we do better?
We take our responsibilities seriously and we scrutinise our progress carefully. Every year we set ourselves new challenges and review what we have achieved so that all the doors in the world are open to our young people when they leave us. We want to make our aims real for every member of our community, so we hold one another to account with intelligence and thoughtfulness. We actively resist dehumanising influences on education, but we value learning, performance, aspiration, risk and courage.