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Values and Ethos
The education culture at all VIAT schools is based on 3 key principles:
Every student thrives as a member of a cohesive and tolerant community with the highest possible future aspirations for themselves and each other. The key features of Outstanding Care are:
- Attendance: care focused on the relationship between outstanding attendance and outstanding educational achievement
- Wellbeing: care to develop a happy student, highly motivated to learn
- Behaviour: care to foster outstanding behaviour as the key to taking full advantage of education
- Academic Progress: care to ensure that every student’s progress is tracked with intervention as necessary to ensure all students achieve beyond their potential
- Individual Educational Needs: care based on a belief that all students have individual needs that we identify and to which we will respond
- Individual Health Needs: care for students with specific health needs.
- Every student benefits from an education that has STEM subjects at its heart, within the framework of a broad, balanced and innovative curriculum.
The Opportunities Programme helps students identify, develop and explore their personal interests and aptitudes. The key features of Outstanding Opportunities are:
- The Arts: Opportunities to learn a musical instrument, to visit galleries, museums, theatre, concerts and live performance, and to participate in live performances of their own.
- Leadership: Opportunities to lead and influence others.
- Sport: Opportunities to develop individual skills and a healthy lifestyle alongside a love of competitive sport and games.
- Internationalism: Opportunities to interact with global cultures.
- Service to others: Opportunities to help others and volunteer as a member of a team.
These three key principles are underpinned by a set of core values (PRIDE):
- Personal excellence: Recognise and appreciate excellence in everything that we do. Understand that excellence is achieved through hard work and dedication. Believe that excellence can be achieved.
- Respect: For all members of the school community, home, the wider community and our working environment.
- Individuality: Understanding that every member of the school community is unique with their own strengths and weaknesses.
- Determination: Striving to improve continuously and recognising that learning happens also when we fail.
- Equality: Understanding, embracing and celebrating cultural diversity.