Values & Ethos

We are a small school, full of caring, supportive and talented staff. It is a place where mutual support goes hand in hand with excellent education and care. A school whose guiding principles are about making the difficult times manageable, giving pupils a great education and helping them move on successfully to their next phase of learning.

Children’s Hospital School Strategic Intent

“The culture of high expectation is evident across all elements of leadership”

(Challenge Partners QA Review – April 2023)

Our Core Purpose and Values

We work together in a nurturing and happy environment to break down barriers, inspire learning and provide opportunities for all to flourish beyond their expectations. Everything is guided by our values.

“Pupils take a great pride in their work and behaviour. They are supportive of each other and celebrate their own successes and those of other class members”

“A learning culture is promoted, in which pupils and staff feel safe and expectations are high for all. Everyone buys in to this culture and, as a result, the work ethic in the school is very strong. Pupils conduct themselves with great professionalism, taking great pride in their achievements.”

(OFSTED – June 2017)


We recognise the multi-cultural, multi-faith and ever-changing nature of the community we are committed to serve. We provide opportunities for pupils to explore their own culture and have a clear understanding and appreciation of a wide range of the cultural influences that have shaped modern Britain.

We promote the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs. Our school values seek to eradicate discrimination against any individual or group, regardless of faith, ethnicity, nationality, gender, sexuality, disability, political or financial status.

We also understand the vital role we play in ensuring that groups or individuals within our school are able to thrive, free from discrimination, intimidation or radicalisation by those wishing to unduly, or illegally, influence them.

At The Children’s Hospital School our spiritual, moral, social and cultural (SMSC) education permeates through the curriculum, supports the development of our pupils and includes the teaching and promotion of British values.

British Values statement

“Pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural understanding is very well promoted through the curriculum and day-to-day interactions. All pupils are well prepared for life in modern Britain.”

OFSTED – June 2017


The Five Ways to Wellbeing were developed by New Economics Foundation (NEF) from evidence gathered in the UK government’s Foresight Project on Mental Capital and Wellbeing. The Project, published in 2008, drew on state-of-the-art research about mental capital and mental wellbeing through life.

The ‘Five ways to Wellbeing’ are a set of evidence-based actions which promotes people’s wellbeing. These activities are simple things individuals can do in their everyday lives.

They are:

For more information and ideas about the Five Ways to Wellbeing, please follow the links below:

New Economics Foundation