Our vision for education reflects that of the Church of England and is one that embraces excellence and academic rigour, but sets them in a wider framework. This framework is rooted in three basic elements which form our school motto.
- Educating for aspiration: As we grow, how we learn to approach the future is crucial. We want to guide pupils on how to cope wisely with things and people going wrong. Bad experiences and behaviour, wrongdoing and evil need not have the last word. We ask for everyone to be the best they can be.
- Educating for action:The basic principle of respect for the value of each person is fundamental to our vision and we commit to ensuring that we promote and develop the actions it requires. This includes vigilant safeguarding. It is especially important that the equal worth of those with and without special educational needs and disabilities is recognised in our actions.
- Educating for achievement: We want to foster confidence and enjoyment in studying as well as in the development of the skills needed to shape life well. We are committed to nurturing academic habits and skills, emotional intelligence and creativity across the whole range of school subjects, including areas such as the arts, information and other technologies, sustainable development, sport, and what one needs to understand and practise in order to be a good person.
- Community and living well together: All staff at Shaftesbury School provide an education that has a core focus on relationships and commitment to community, and the qualities of character that enable people to flourish together. Our existence is inextricably involved with others, both in our humanity and our shared life on a finite planet. If those others are of ultimate worth then we are each called to responsibility towards them and to contribute responsibly to our communities.
Our vision, in line with the Church of England, is for the common good of the whole community and its environment. It is hospitable to diversity, respects freedom of religion and belief, and encourages others to contribute from the depths of their own traditions and understandings. At Shaftesbury School, the deeply Christian foundation for this vision will be seen explicitly in teaching and learning both in RE and across the curriculum, the authentically Christian worship and our ethos which is communicated and lived out through the Fruits of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23)
But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.
These are delivered and promoted through assemblies and worship, our commitment to our House system as a vehicle to celebrate the individual and in our daily interactions with all in our community.
Assemblies are run daily and are based upon a themed calendar which draws its influence from the Church calendar as well as various national and world events. Tutors are also provided with and lead activities on a Theme for the Week (T4TW) which are linked to the assembly theme, providing a time to reflect privately and consider the theme from a personal perspective as well as recognising and accepting the views of others.
Our House system provides for healthy competition and for the individuals in our community to develop a sense of belonging. It also allows us to celebrate the gifts and talents of everyone through inter-house activities. By the end of each academic year, every student should be able to articulate what role they played in their house and how they have supported others within it. It also offers opportunities for student leadership and charity work with each house having a nominated charity. You can view our latest SIAMs report here