At William Howard School, we strive every day to challenge our students and staff to live by the Trust’s core values: Respect, Responsibility and Resilience. We have a clear expectation that every student will strive to be the best that they can be in all that they do. This extends to all within the school community and you will find that staff and students work together to achieve the very best outcomes.
We believe values and ethos play a pivotal role in shaping our culture, guiding our actions and defining our character as a school. Our values form the foundation of our school’s identity, fostering an ethos of high performance, inclusivity, academic excellence and the development of powerful learners.
Our Core Values
Respect is the cornerstone of our school community. It’s not merely a concept but a way of life that permeates every interaction, decision, and endeavour within our school. We recognise that diversity is our strength, and respecting the uniqueness of each individual is non-negotiable. Students, staff, and stakeholders are encouraged to embrace positivity, empathy, and tolerance. In practicing respect, we nurture a safe, inclusive and supportive environment where everyone can be the best they can be.
We instil a sense of responsibility that goes beyond academics. Students are taught to be accountable for their actions, not only to themselves but to the broader community as well. This value fosters a commitment to ethical behaviour, environmental stewardship and active participation in society. Responsibility empowers students to take ownership of their learning journey and to become responsible citizens who contribute positively to society.
Life often presents challenges, and resilience is the key to overcoming them. We believe that cultivating resilience is an essential life skill, and it is at the core of our educational approach. By encouraging students to persevere through setbacks, learn from failures and develop a self-assurance, we empower them to face life’s adversities with confidence. We understand that resilience is not about never falling but always rising, stronger and wiser.
Our ethos revolves around two central tenets: high performance and inclusivity. These principles lead us toward achieving our ultimate goal of being the best we can be while putting the student at the heart of everything we do.
We believe that everyone has untapped potential, and our mission is to unlock it. High performance, for us, means striving for excellence in every aspect of education and, in a wider sense, life. It’s not just about achieving top grades but also about fostering a love for learning, creativity, critical thinking and problem-solving. We empower students to set ambitious goals, work diligently and push their boundaries. Our commitment to high performance creates a culture of continuous improvement that inspires everyone to aim higher and reach further.
Inclusivity is not just a word at William Howard; it’s a promise we live by. Placing the student at the heart of everything means ensuring that every individual’s needs, aspirations and voice are heard and respected. We celebrate diversity and work tirelessly to create a welcoming and accessible environment for all. By embracing inclusivity, we foster a sense of belonging that enables every student to thrive academically, socially and emotionally.
Academic excellence is the natural outcome of our values and ethos. By nurturing respect, resilience and responsibility, we empower students to take charge of their education. We encourage them to become active participants in their learning process, setting goals, seeking knowledge and taking ownership of their academic journey. This approach not only leads to strong academic results but also equips students with skills and knowledge that will serve them throughout their lives.
Our vision is to create a community of powerful learners—individuals who are not just academically strong but also confident, adaptable and equipped with the skills to face the challenges of an ever-evolving world. Through our values and ethos, we strive to nurture these powerful learners who will go on to make meaningful contributions to society and never stop learning.
In essence, our values of Respect, Resilience and Responsibility, coupled with our ethos of high performance, inclusivity, academic excellence and the development of powerful learners, define who we are as a school. We are committed to upholding these principles in everything we do, ensuring that our students are not only well-prepared for the future but also compassionate, responsible and empowered individuals who can make a positive impact on the world. Together, we strive to be the best we can be, driven by our values and inspired by our ethos.