Our Ethos

KES is ‘In Pursuit of Excellence’. This phrase captures the true sense of what KES is about - of always wanting to do better and improve on what has already been achieved. It sums up the vision for students and staff and others linked to KES - to always look to achieve their ‘Personal Best’ in every aspect of school life.KES has a set of values that sit behind its vision to provide students and staff with a real sense of what should motivate them to help achieve the school vision.

Our school is one where everyone is encouraged and supported to achieve their personal best

Our school is welcoming, inclusive, has a real community feel and is a place where everyone is valued

Our students and staff treat each other equitably, fairly, with kindness and with mutual respect

Our students and staff are enterprising and approach challenges with a ‘can-do’ attitude

Our environment is safe and clean with everyone sharing responsibility for it

Our culture is one of continuous improvement, creativity and enthusiasm

These values will only have meaning if they become a reality in the day-to-day experience of school life. We have expressed this in several sets of ‘Promises’ that give examples of what is needed to help embed the vision and values into school culture.

The school will...

  • promote high expectations for student success and personal achievement
  • acknowledge, praise, provide feedback and support students
  • keep parents/carers well informed about their child’s progress, behaviour and attendance
  • make sure homework is set according to school policy and marked on time with useful feedback
  • provide a broad and balanced curriculum suited to the needs of all learners
  • aim to provide the highest quality of teaching
  • ensure school policies are consistently adhered to
  • treat all students fairly
  • foster an environment where everyone has the right to feel comfortable and where bullying is not accepted
  • ensure the highest levels of professionalism by all staff
  • provide a clean, safe, stimulating and well-resourced environment
  • respond promptly and appropriately to all parental contact

Teachers will...

  • make sure homework is set according to school policy
  • make sure homework is marked on time with useful feedback
  • ensure ‘Behaviour for Learning’ is displayed and followed consistently in all classrooms
  • try out new things and ideas in the delivery of lessons and teaching, take calculated risks, be enthusiastic - inspire students
  • provide feedback and support to students
  • acknowledge and praise students for any extra effort they make
  • speak to students in a respectful and polite manner and not shout or use sarcasm
  • be punctual for the start of lessons and finish lessons on time
  • treat all students fairly, without showing favouritism
  • not punish the whole class for the poor behaviour of an individual
  • take responsibility for any poor behaviour that occurs in their lessons, deal with it quickly and firmly, and try to limit the impact on the rest of the class
  • always give lessons their full attention and only carry out school administration outside of lesson time
  • listen to what students have to say and give them time to put theirpoint across
  • make sure the classroom is clean and tidy at the end of each lesson

Staff will...

  • communicate openly and honestly
  • speak to others in a polite and respectful manner
  • use their position of authority appropriately
  • lead by example – for instance: walk on the left in corridors, dress appropriately, only drink water during lessons
  • hold doors open for others
  • be punctual for meetings and keep to the allotted time
  • not have mobile phones on display, or use them, in a meeting, lesson, or public area
  • be properly prepared for meetings
  • make the time to listen to other people’s ideas/concerns/points of view, without talking over or interrupting them
  • respect each other’s professionalism, as every role makes a valuable contribution to the school
  • smile and say hello to others
  • respond promptly and appropriately to all parental contact, ideally within 24 hours
  • be polite when answering the phone and state who they are
  • be proactive, if they don’t know something, they will ask
  • strive to achieve their personal best in every respect
  • try to resolve questions or enquiries themselves before passing to colleagues
  • provide feedback, help, and support others when needed
  • give thanks and praise when there is an opportunity to do so
  • be open to new ideas and enthusiastic about trying new things
  • share responsibility and ownership of problems
  • challenge anyone dropping litter and encourage them to use the bins
  • ensure their ID badges are always visible, and will politely challenge any visitors who do not have visible identification

Students will...

  • strive to achieve their personal best both in their work and every other aspect of school life
  • ask for feedback, help and support when it is needed
  • be equipped for learning with all the necessary equipment needed
  • attend school regularly and punctually
  • wear the correct school uniform and be tidy in appearance
  • complete  homework on time and use their planners
  • arrive on time for lessons
  • be open to new ideas and enthusiastic about trying new things
  • make sure they follow school policies
  • smile and say hello to others
  • respect others and show them care, courtesy and consideration
  • be polite and remember to say please and thank you
  • remember that everyone has the right to feel comfortable and that bullying is not acceptable
  • ensure mobile phones are switched off, out of sight, and not used for any purpose when on the school premises
  • hold the door open for other students and adults
  • help make sure the classroom is clean and tidy at the end of the lesson
  • walk on the left and not run in corridors
  • only eat and drink in the allowed areas in school, for example, not in corridors or toilets
  • use the bins and not drop litter

Parents/Carers will...

  • take an active and positive interest in their child’s education
  • encourage and support their child to complete their homework on time
  • read and sign their child’s Student Planner every week
  • attend Parent Consultation Evenings whenever possible
  • encourage and support their child to revise for their examinations
  • support the policies of KES and ensure their child adheres to them
  • communicate promptly with the school on matters of concern
  • ensure their child attends school regularly and punctually
  • not take their child out of school for holidays during term time
  • ensure their child wears the correct school uniform and is tidy in appearance
  • ensure the school has up to date contact information for their child
  • encourage and support their child to eat and drink healthily at school
  • only contact their child during the school day through the main office

These values and promises have come from conversations with parents, governors, students and staff who were asked what kind of school they believe KES is, and what kind of school they would like it to be in the future. The information gathered helped to conceive the vision and values and how these will look in practice.