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.
Confident - ‘You are confined only by the walls you build yourself’
For any person to be successful in life, they need to believe in themselves. It is our view that through encouragement, opportunity and praise, we can develop confidence in young people and make each of them see that they all have a contribution to make.
Happy - ‘nothing can dim the light that shines from within’
As adults in schools, we are responsible for providing a safe learning environment where young people can advance. Without happiness, learning cannot take place. All individuals should be free from embarrassment and should be provided with opportunities to fulfil their interests, enabling them to support others and enjoy being themselves.
Articulate - ‘don’t raise your voice, improve your argument’
Communication is a skill. Being able to express and justify a point of view is powerful and encourages people to listen to the validity of what you present. Modelling to young people a calm, considered, reflective approach is necessary in teaching them how to express themselves accordingly, within school and in wider society.
Resilient - ‘a diamond is a chunk of coal that did well under pressure’
The ability to bounce back from disappointment or stick at something when things are tough is extremely important. Regardless of how small the task, seeing it through to the end is an achievement and for their futures, a characteristic employers will seek. We aim therefore, to challenge our students to develop the ability to dig deep when faced with barriers or difficulties, so that when they look back, they will learn to appreciate the richness of the experience.
Ambitious - ‘it does not matter how slowly you go, as long as you do not stop’
Having a passion, a dream, an ambition, a goal, is vital to an individuals’ daily or life purpose. It is therefore our responsibility to instil this and not discourage, disempower nor give them any reason to doubt that they cannot reach it with determination and hard work.
Courageous - 'do something uncomfortable today by stepping out of your box. You don’t have to settle for what you are-you get to create who you want to become’
Being brave is a quality that we strongly believe in. In schools, being brave can mean many different things. For some it could be putting your hand up in class, entering a competition or asking for help; for others it might be performing in the school show, representing the school in a team or speaking at a public event. Whatever the situation, courageousness is about the individual trying something new which tests their character and how ‘brave’ they are feeling. It is our job to offer opportunities for our students to step outside of their comfort zone to enable hidden skills to be exposed.
Tolerant - ‘You have your way, I have my way. As for the right way and the only way, it does not exist’
We all have opinions that we form across our life span, young or old. We have these mostly because of the people we have spent time with and experiences we have had. Schools by their very nature embrace very diverse cultures. This means that we will inevitably have conflicting views on some situations. However, we must all remember that just because we don’t always agree on specific issues, it doesn’t mean either one of us is wrong. Tolerance and acceptance is necessary for communities to function.
Empathetic - ‘Everyone you meet is fighting a battle you know nothing about. Be kind. Always.’
We believe that demonstrating an understanding to others is how communities are fostered. Therefore, our role is to ensure that kindness is at the very heart of our daily interaction. We expect students and staff to report or appropriately challenge one another if they observe actions which are not aligned to the schools values. It is through our vertical tutoring system and through the development of the student ambassador programme that this value has and continues to be addressed.
Respectful - ‘It’s not about saying the right things, it’s about doing the right things.’
Respect can only be shown through the actions that we take. We expect students to show respect at all times through allowing each other to learn, wearing uniform with pride and treating the physical environment with care. Staff are expected to model respectful conversations with students so that learning is continuous and when young people have made poor choices, they are always offered a restorative opportunity.