Values Award!

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 for the Month of July is Courage  

What is courage? Is courage climbing to the top of a diving board and jumping? Is it saying, “I’m sorry” after an argument? Courage is this and more. There are many ways people show courage and it can take many forms.

Courage is being the first to make up after an argument, or trying new things before saying “I don’t want to”. Courage is riding your bicycle for the first time without stabilisers, it is breaking bad habits, or holding on to your dream.

Courage is being yourself, leading by example and standing up for what you believe.

As poet Christina E Brown so eloquently said in her poem ‘Courage’:

Courage to stand out.
Courage to be me.
Courage to laugh.
The feeling to be free.

Courage to accept I have courage.

What is courage?

Noun: courage

  1. The ability to do something that frightens one; bravery.

“She called on all her courage to face the ordeal”

  1. Strength in the face of pain or grief.

“He fought his illness with great courage”

synonyms: bravery, braveness, courageousness, pluck, pluckiness, valour, fearlessness, intrepidity, intrepidness, nerve, daring, audacity, boldness;



“It takes a great deal of bravery to stand up to our enemies, but just as much to stand up to our friends.”
J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone


“Courage is the most important of all the virtues because without courage, you can’t practice any other virtue consistently.”
Maya Angelou


“Courage is found in unlikely places.”
J.R.R. Tolkien


“I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.”