Vision and Values
Our framework of excellence underpins all aspects of our Trusts work.
High expectations (Excel)
‘Treat a man as he is and he will remain as he is. Treat a man as he can and should be and he will become what he can and should be.’ Stephen Covey
Our expectation is that all staff and pupils work to meet the highest standards they are able. We believe that every child is a special unique individual who is capable of extraordinary things. We constantly challenge pupils and staff to do what they think they can’t, and to persist and persevere when things are hard, and to be their best. We employ outstanding individuals, and educate our pupils to become outstanding individuals.
Powerful learners and knowledgeable individuals (Excel)
‘Education is the most powerful weapon which can be used to change the world.’ Nelson Mandela
‘Education is the kindling of a flame, not the filling of a vessel.’ Socrates
At the heart of all we do for both staff and pupils is a relentless focus on learning. We ensure that all of our pupils master the core skills of reading, writing and numeracy, enabling them to have the necessary skills to access their future education and careers. However, it is just as important to us that our pupils learn how to learn and don’t just accept information. We encourage them to ask questions, grapple with complex problems and work independently and within teams. We want them to appreciate that real learning is not easy and sometimes the journey is more important than the destination.
Contributing citizens (Collaborate)
‘Education’s purpose is to replace an empty mind with an open one.’ Malcolm Forbes
‘Success is not how high you have climbed but how you make a positive difference to the world.’ Roy T Bennett
Our Trust is values driven. Whilst we recognise that academic success unlocks future doors we also know that it is how our pupils work together and contribute to society that will ultimately ensure their success. Tolerance, respect, integrity and compassion are all essential skills for a successful life. These values are celebrated and encouraged and explicitly taught.
Confident leaders (Collaborate)
‘If you want to build a ship don’t divide up the men to gather wood, divide the work and give orders. Instead teach them to yearn for the vast and endless sea.’ Antoine Saint-Exupery
‘He who cannot be a good follower cannot be a good leader.’ Aristotle
Every adult is empowered to lead. Developing leadership skills is important for all of our pupils, and we provide leadership opportunities for all pupils. Our adults model successful leadership, highlighting the importance of excellent role models but also showing humility, and an ability, to follow as well as lead.
Continually improving (Inspire)
‘There is no limit to the expansion of each one of us.’ Charles Schwab
We learn from the best. We seek out innovation and success and rigorously evaluate it before taking on board new ideas. We share our work believing that through effective collaboration a small idea can be developed and make a significant impact. Our view of continuous improvement is not about change for changes sake, but we know perfection isn’t attainable and there is always something else to learn. We evaluate our strategies and the impact they have, only staying with the successful ones and recognising those which did not work as anticipated.
Resilient individuals (Inspire)
‘The man who moves a mountain begins by carrying away small stones.’ Confucious
‘It is not that I am so smart. But I stay with the questions much longer.’ Albert Einstein
We recognise that life presents many challenges to adults and pupils alike. Sometimes the journey may be bumpy and the route meandering. The future is unpredictable, but we aim to prepare our pupils for whatever their future offers. We aim to instil resilience and encourage pupils not to give up, but to take small steps towards their goals and not to be deterred by knock backs but to see these as part of the process of moving forward. Overcoming mistakes and finding solutions to problems is a much stronger learning process than aspiring for perfection.