Ethos, Values & Qualities
Knowledge is at the heart of everything we do at Churchill Gardens, and we have the very highest expectations of our students and what they can achieve.
Our school motto is Libertas per cultum (Freedom through education). We strive to instil in our students:
- Freedom to choose, to be knowledgeable enough to make good choices in life.
- Freedom to think well – we think with words, therefore depth and breadth of knowledge are vital tools in life.
- Freedom from ignorance and prejudice through knowledge and conceptual understanding of the world.
- Freedom to lead a purposeful and fulfilling life.
We believe in the joy of knowledge, and in fostering in our students an insatiable curiosity in life. We teach our students the best that has been thought and said, giving them access to high-quality, classic texts, and lessons from subject experts. We strive to give our students a rigorously academic education that puts them on a level playing field with their independently-educated peers. We believe in pitching lessons high so that our most able students are never bored, whilst supporting our less able students to make steady progress.
The warm atmosphere of Churchill Gardens ensures that each child is valued and cared for as an individual. We are committed to providing pastoral care that enables effective teaching and learning.
Strong relationships between staff, pupils and parents are important to us. All staff play a role in the welfare of the children in their care, and we strive to develop sound partnerships with parents so that they can support their child's education. Pupils learn that thoughts and actions matter, and they develop sensitivity towards the needs of others.
We expect that every child comes to school every day that we are open, unless illness prevents this.
Our emphasis on high achievement for all our pupils means that we do not allow holidays during term time.
We demand the highest standards of behaviour. Our guiding principles are applied in every lesson, and in day-to-day behaviour, through these school rules, namely:
We are here to learn;
We respect each other;
We look after each other.