Our vision for education reflects that of the Church of England and is one that asks ‘for everyone to be the best they can be’.. This is rooted in the three basic elements of our school motto – ‘Aspiration, Action, and Achievement
- Educating for Aspiration: Our school community strives to encourage our students to work towards their future goals. Our aim is to wisely guide students to aspire to “Be the best they can be”.
- Educating for Action: Shaftesbury School aims to provide an education that has a core focus on relationships and commitment to all within the school and local community, ensuring that staff and students alike are supported to make contributions in some aspect of community care within the area of local or worldwide mission. Showing Christ’s love in our actions to each other is a vital part of action in our school.
- Educating for Achievement: At Shaftesbury School, we want to foster confidence and enjoyment in studying as well as in the development of life skills. Shaftesbury School is committed to nurturing academic habits and skills, emotional intelligence and creativity across the whole range of school subjects, including areas such as the arts, technologies and sport.
“the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.” (Galatians 5:22-23)
Inclusive in our vision is the common good of the whole community and its environment. We welcome diversity, respect freedom of religion and belief, and encourage all to contribute to our community. At Shaftesbury School, the Christian foundation for this vision can be seen further through teaching and learning both in RE and across the curriculum. Our Christian worship centred on Galatians 5:22-23 is communicated and lived out through the Fruit of the Spirit.
Daily assemblies are based upon a themed calendar which draws its influence from the Church calendar as well as various national and world events.
Tutors are 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 individuals 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 will be encouraged to reflect on 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.