Holywell School - A Church of England School providing a Values-based education
The fundamental guiding values for Holywell stem from our character as a Church of England school.
Holywell School is a community based upon strong Christian values. At Holywell, our vision is to be an outstanding Christian community where unique individuals can develop spiritually, morally, intellectually and emotionally and work together to release their talents. We aim to be a school where all members of our community Enjoy, Achieve and Excel and achievement is praised and celebrated. We aim to be a learning community whose members are:
As a school, we are a loving, caring community with high aspirations for all. We promote inclusion and value each individual. The values underpinning our Behaviour for Learning Policy are the Christian values of: Friendship; Equality; Courage; Happiness; Respect; Trust; Thoughtfulness; Empathy; Patience; Responsibility; Tolerance; Peace; Simplicity; Self-Esteem; Love; Forgiveness; Kindness; Appreciation; Sense of Community; Joy; Honesty; and Freedom.
"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.
At Holywell School we believe that:
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. They run in a 2-year cycle. The Values for the 2017-2018 academic year are –
As with so many aspects of life at Holywell, we have been greatly encouraged by the way families have engaged with us as we develop new routines to make this a highly effective and appreciated part of our daily school life.