Ethos, Values and Aims

ETHOS

The ETHOS of a school describes its character and the important values and behaviours which underpin our work and are shown through everyday life at the school.  At Northenden, we have three overarching ethos statements which illustrate the important things we value in our school.  They are:

  • Respect for Each Other
  • Quality and Success for All
  • A Caring Partnership

See also : Equality Policy, Statements and Objectives

Respect for Each Other

We believe that RESPECT for each other is very important.  It is at the heart of how we treat each other, talk to each other, respond to each other and have regard for each other’s feelings, abilities, backgrounds, family and other differences, cultures and needs.  At our school, we aim that pupils, staff, parents, governors and visitors treat each other with respect at all times and that the relationships between these stakeholders in our school are always of the highest quality.

Being RESPECTFUL in our school means:

  • acknowledging and understanding each other’s differences, circumstances and needs;
  • respecting diversity, including people with different or protected characteristics;
  • speaking to each other in a nice way;
  • not using hurtful words;
  • not using hurtful or unkind words to anyone because they are different;
  • behaving appropriately at all times;
  • treating each other with kindness and good manners;
  • treating the school well.

Quality and Success for ALL

We believe that everything we do should be of the highest QUALITY.  That means that we aim for the best it can be.  Quality and success at our school means that we aim …

  • for every child to achieve success, produce quality work and make excellent progress throughout the school;
  • for the quality of our teaching to be at least good if not outstanding;
  • for our learning environment to be of the best quality;
  • to provide our children with the best possible resources and materials;
  • for our staff to develop high-quality practice and receive excellent support from senior leaders, governors and each other;

A Caring Partnership

We believe that CARING and nurturing relationships between all stakeholders are very important.  This means that we:

  • aim to give children the best of care, guidance and support during their time with us;
  • aim to support parents through a caring and supportive partnership;
  • care about the opinions, thoughts and ideas of pupils, parents, staff, governors and community stakeholders.

OUR VALUES

At our school, we aim to promote human values and qualities and stress the importance, among other things,  of …

  • respect
  • trust
  • fairness
  • understanding
  • tolerance
  • patience
  • happiness
  • diversity
  • creativity
  • family
  • generosity
  • listening
  • reliability
  • thoughtfulness
  • good manners
  • sharing
  • appreciation
  • co-operation
  • team work
  • honesty
  • courage
  • freedom

These values are promoted through everyday lessons and activities, and our assemblies.

SCHOOL AIMS

We aim : 

  • to prepare children for the next phase of their education, ensuring that they have the skills, knowledge, understanding and good attitudes to continue to succeed at secondary school;
  • to have high expectations of all children and enable them to achieve high standards of attainment and good progress;
  • to encourage our pupils to become good and respectful citizens who know how to make a positive contribution to society;
  • to offer an enjoyable, balanced and varied curriculum underpinned by the National Curriculum;
  • to provide lots of opportunities for pupils to achieve personal growth including through Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural development;
  • to provide high-quality engaging teaching, including opportunities for personalised learning;
  • to offer lots of opportunities for all children to appreciate the arts, humanities and sports, and take part in a range of extra activities;
  • to provide excellent care, guidance and support and promote healthy and safe lifestyles;
  • to demonstrate high quality leadership, management and development of staff at all levels;
  • to work in consultation and partnership with all who have a stake in the future of the school and its community, including other schools.