The Enhanced VbE School Quality Mark recognises an existing Quality Mark school’s ‘more profound and wide-ranging use of Values-based Education in improving the quality of provision and practice for pupils across the school or setting’.
The award recognises and acknowledges:
- The continuation and further development of outstanding practice as a Values-based school.
- The furtherance of the school’s commitment to Values-based Education as a transformational approach to schooling and improvement.
- High aspirations of a culture of continuous improvement.
- Commitment to creativity and innovation in the pursuit of excellence for all its pupils.
- The school as a leader for local or nationally-based organisation in this field.
We are particularly proud to be the first school nationally to be awarded the enhanced level of this award.
Our value of the Month of September is Honesty
Artist John Ilg built his sculpture “Honesty” as a kind of test of viewer willpower. And the piece (a mesh wire frame with the word “HONESTY” spelled out in 316 loose dollar bills) enjoyed several showings without a single dollar going missing.
When Ilg first built the piece, he assumed the bills would be taken and actually declined the Fair’s offer to place it behind glass or hang it out of reach.
“It sets temptation right out in front of them,” he says. “My assumption was every single bill would have been stolen out of that thing.”
But after hundreds of thousands of guests passed by, the piece was returned to him stuffed with $150 worth of additional bills. Not a single one of his original $316 was out of place.