Ethos, Visions & Values
King’s Hedges Educational Federation
Ethos, Vision and Values
Ethos – Our children are our priority. Everything we do as a school encourages each child to achieve their very best.
Vision – Excellence, achieved through care, creativity and challenge.
Respect and trust – Staff members work well together and deal straight with each other, with pupils and with parents. Pupils respect adults and each other and take pride in their own behaviour.
Pupils – Our systems drill down to each separate child and check that they are receiving the attention they need and making the progress they can. Every pupil is encouraged to understand their own learning objectives and to work towards them.
We educate the whole child: we educate pupils to perform well academically; and we educate them to become resilient happy members of the community, cooperating with each other and learning broadly to be good citizens, to play, to compete appropriately, to use IT and the internet safely, to perform artistically and athletically, and to enjoy art and performance. We want them to be the best that they can be to become successful citizens.
Parents – We involve parents in the education of their children and keep them well informed. We support parents and assist them to access support from other bodies. We challenge parents where necessary and encourage them to learn and develop and to support their children further.
Staff – We encourage excellence from staff through strong leadership and systems. The Head and senior managers have a clear and up-to-date sense of the performance of all staff members and give immediate support if that is requested or, in the leaders' judgement, desirable. The Federation's systems allow staff to work efficiently, minimising (to the extent practicable) record keeping for its own sake. We provide good IT equipment and back-up for record keeping and for teaching, maximising availability of shared resources and teaching plans. Training of staff is a regular part of Federation life and we expect staff to develop their skills and careers. Wherever possible, we provide promotion opportunities within the Federation; and if it is not possible we support staff members seeking to move. We address any under-performance, initially with informal support and if necessary through the capability procedures.
Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural development – Pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development are at the heart of the Federation’s work. We are a secular organisation. We teach pupils about the major world religions and about non-religious beliefs. We promote the British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect for and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs and for those without faith. Pupils learn to respect faiths, feelings and values.
Strong systems – We have developed good systems and continually challenge ourselves to improve them. They are Federation wide. Examples are:
The behaviour policy
The use of assessment and tracking systems to monitor the progress of every child
“Excellence for All”, a structured mutual support system for staff
The use of subject leaders and the development of consistent teaching models for each subject across all age groups. Our bespoke curriculum has the overarching objective that all children succeed in the next stage of their education and in future life.
Clear and specific (positive and negative) feedback to staff and to pupils
Strong financial systems
The application of clear discipline and capability systems at all levels of staff in the Federation, even if this may involve challenging important or critical people.
Approved by the Governing Body 2 December 2020