Our Ethos

At St Edward’s School, our vision is strong – Ambition, Respect, Participation.


Ambition

At St Edward’s we believe all our students are capable of extraordinary things – they just need the right environment to flourish in.  

We believe that we achieve this with a strong culture and a great curriculum, underpinned by four key areas: 

  • Sense of community  
  • Broad curriculum
  • High aspiration
  • Extensive co-curricular programme

With these foundations, everyone at St Edward’s thrives, no matter their background or starting point. High ambition and inner drive start with high aspirations and great expectations of every student. 

To accomplish this, every aspect of school life is designed in a carefully considered and coherent way, enabling young people to do and be their best: whether it’s the lessons planned, the assemblies held, how students are encouraged to behave, or the exams they sit. Above all, every student is instilled with big ambitions for who they are and what they can become.  


Respect

At St Edward’s we acknowledge that it is the responsibility of all of our staff, students and community members to respect the rights of each other in and around school. 

To help facilitate this, we have the ‘The 5 Respects’ which were agreed in collaboration with the students. These are five rules that students feel should be integral to the way the school operates, and to the way in which we all behave towards one another. These are: 

  1. To speak respectfully
  2. To behave respectfully
  3. To respect the school environment
  4. To have respect for your own learning
  5. To have respect for other students’ learning

Participation

Student participation is about having the chance to be heard in decisions that affect their learning, well-being and community. Our students are encouraged to share their views and contribute in a way that works for them. By placing emphasis on participation, we are nurturing student engagement and personal development. 

The four areas in which we look to embed participation are: 

  1. Learning, teaching and assessment
  2. Personal achievement
  3. Decision making groups
  4. Wider community


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