Our values

Values shape behaviours and approaches across the school

Our five core values: joy, responsibility, curiosity, courage and kindness, shape the way we teach and interact across the school. The values framework articulates how these values shape behaviours and approaches across the school.

Instead of using systems of sanctions and rewards, we use the values to frame conversations about behaviour, and hold restorative conversations with pupils when behaviours are not as we would want them to be. This approach has enabled us to do a better job of encouraging pupils to want behave sensibly than using sanctions and rewards.

Alongside Religious Education (which is a statutory subject), we teach a values curriculum in weekly lessons and talk assemblies, which shares stories and perspectives from often marginalised members of the community. This helps pupils develop respect and understanding for all members of the community in which they live.

Courage

Self

Don’t give up when things are tough; learn how to say no when it’s the right thing to do.

Others

Look after your friends and family, standing up for them even when it’s not easy.

Community

Be bold about what we can achieve if we work together, and work bravely to make it happen.

Joy

Self

Be joyful in the present moment, knowing what to be grateful for and how to improve and maintain your own wellbeing.

Others

Develop meaningful, productive, joyful relationships, that are beneficial for both people.

Community

Look for opportunities to be of service and make the world a more joyful place.

Responsibility

Self

Take responsibility for your own behaviour and actions, act as you want to be treated.

Others

Act with honesty and integrity towards others in your peer group, the school community, and the wider world.

Community

Aspire to effect social change – the world is my responsibility.

Kindness

Self

Look after your body and your mind, be kind to yourself.

Others

Assume positive intent, balance the needs of others against your own, knowing that treating others well improves your own wellbeing.

Community

Ascribe equal value to each person in the human race, be compassionate and see the humanity in everyone.

Curiosity

Self

Be constantly curious, ask questions, see things from different angles, see mistakes as learning opportunities.

Others

Be curious about what others experience and believe, form your own opinions and challenge stereotypes.

Community

Work in a disciplined way as part of a community of innovators to implement important innovations.