The character values form the basis for us to send out in to the world, well-rounded individuals who have the academic qualifications and personal attributes to thrive in modern Britain. Click here for our CHARACTER map.
We expect all members of the Denefield community – students, staff, parents, and governors – to actively develop and demonstrate our nine CHARACTER values and to show that they are:
Denefield students understand that ‘every accomplishment begins with the decision to try’, but that success does not always come easily or immediately. They have the confidence to see failure as part of the learning journey, and to use their reflectiveness and resilience to learn from past mistakes.
Denefield students enjoy school and learning for its own sake, as well as for the rewards it brings later in life. They seek joy in the things and the people around them, and share their happiness with others. They aim to make other people’s lives more enjoyable, seeking to help those in difficulty.
Denefield students communicate powerfully. They listen to others, then develop their own ideas and arguments, which they present clearly both verbally and on paper. They articulate themselves with confidence to their peers and to adults.
Denefield students realise the importance of digging deep when times are tough. They understand that sometimes they need perseverance to meet their goals, and that they will not always succeed first time. They reflect upon their actions, are prepared to change, and develop their physical and mental strength.
Denefield students are highly aspirational. They work hard in and out of school, setting themselves demanding goals and achieving highly. They aim to progress on to competitive courses at leading universities, including Russell Group and Oxbridge, or into challenging and fulfilling careers.
Denefield students are brave and are prepared to take themselves out of their comfort zones. They take on tasks that they consider challenging, and accept they may not succeed first time. They are prepared to stand up for what is right and to make their voices heard.
Denefield school is an inclusive and diverse community, welcoming students of all different backgrounds, beliefs, genders and orientations. Denefield students accept and embrace these differences, understanding how they can learn and benefit from those who are different from them.
Denefield students are kind and caring. They understand each other and seek to see the world from each other’s points of view. They collaborate well and happily with others, and participate in school and wider community events. They work to ensure the success of others as well as themselves.
Denefield students have self-respect and show respect towards others. They understand and look up to each other. They value and protect the school and the outside environment. They cherish the earth’s resources, seeking to preserve and enhance them for future generations.