Ethos, Values and Vision.
Holywell School is a caring, distinctively Christian, community-focussed Church of England School. We aim to continue the historic tradition of Church of England Schools by providing a Christian Values-inspired education of the highest quality within the context of Christian belief and practice. As a school, we are a loving, supportive community with high aspirations for all. We promote inclusion, we are proud to belong and we value each individual. We look after each other, believe in second chances and aim to be the best we can be so we can serve and support the common good.
Our students are polite, industrious, aspirational young people who constantly surprise and delight us with their ideas, creativity and achievements. The staff are superb professionals who create exciting, challenging and inspiring learning experiences to enable students to achieve high standards. This is all delivered within a framework of clear and high expectations. We are consistent, insistent and persistent in our endeavour to secure outstanding standards of behaviour, service, care, appearance and courtesy for all. We also have lots of fun! We are a happy school where everyone has the right to feel safe at all times. We deal with disagreements and issues in a solution-focussed, systematic, supportive and peaceful way, treating others as we wish to be treated. We aspire to being the best we can possibly be and to make a positive difference to our community and beyond.
The Holywell Values.
Our work is inspired by our Christian Values
|Equality||Sense of Community|
Our curriculum is underpinned by our Values-based education. The fundamental guiding values for Holywell stem from our character as a Church of England school.
“Which commandment is the most important of all?”
“Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength. The second most important commandment is this: ‘Love your neighbour as you love yourself’.” Mark 28-31
Simply put; we aim to treat others as we would like to be treated.
In our recent Ofsted inspection, the lead Inspector commented: "You are rightly proud of the impact of your school’s values-driven philosophy. Your values, including tolerance, forgiveness and kindness, are displayed prominently around the school site and they permeate the school’s ethos through assemblies, charity work and roles such as values ambassador. Pupils speak very proudly of the impact of these values on both themselves and the school. They say that the school’s values make them think and act more thoughtfully and positively as well as making the school a better place." (Ofsted 2018)
‘Values-based Education’ moves away from a presumption that we simply catch and acquire our values somewhere in our lives. Instead, Values-based education takes a systematic approach to developing a deep understanding of a core set of values.
At Holywell we have identified a set of key Christian values which are explored throughout the year. Each month we have a whole-school focus on a particular value. We encourage all members of our school community – including parents and staff – to explore the real meaning of each value and to shine a spotlight on each one in turn through our ‘Value of the Month’. The Value of the Month is shared with families through the school newsletter and through the Student Organiser. Families are thereby enabled to continue the discussions and reflections outside of the school day.
Research shows that when a school seriously develops the moral and spiritual aspects of the curriculum (that is, those that positively contribute to the inner world of thoughts, feelings and emotions of the teacher and the student), the school community become more reflective and harmonious. The effect on individual students, of developing Values Education, is that students take greater personal responsibility for their learning and behaviour. This has certainly been our experience at Holywell School and we are proud to be a Values-based School.
We work to enable our students to think about and reflect on values in their lives. This is a programme which involves families too, as well as staff. Fundamentally ‘Values Education’ moves away from a presumption that we simply catch our values somewhere in our lives, rather we should be encouraged to think about them and discuss them.
Each month has a particular Value allocated. This is shared with families through the school newsletter and through the homework organiser. Families are thereby enabled to continue the discussions and reflections outside of the school day.
The chosen Value of the Month will often link to a particular feature of the season.
The Values for the 2017-2018 academic year are:
|Oct 2017||TOLERANCE||(Black History Month)|
|Nov 2017||PEACE||(Anti-Bullying Week and Remembrance Day)|
|Jan 2018||SELF ESTEEM|
|June 2018||SENSE OF COMMUNITY||(Values day)|
The Holywell Vision.
'THE WAY FORWARD - THE GOAL -
Our vision is to be an outstanding Christian learning community where everyone is valued as a unique individual and where everyone feels safe. We will aim to be the best we can possibly be, to treat others as we wish to be treated and to make a positive difference to our community and beyond. We strive to be peaceful problem-solvers with open minds and hearts, living God’s love and being kind.