Ethos, Values, Aims and Expectations

The Aims of Horsforth School

Our aim, as an inclusive school, is to help each individual achieve his or her potential. We endeavour to offer opportunity and achievement for all members of the school and the wider community. It is our mission to support and challenge both our students and our staff so that they have the confidence to take risks - to be innovators and leaders - and move forward confidently in the 21st century.

We aim:

  • To help students to develop our five key competencies; resilience, motivation, team work, independence and global awareness.
  • To develop lively enquiring minds. Our students should be able to question, reason, acquire knowledge and use transferable skills effectively in a rapidly changing, complex world.
  • To provide a secure and vibrant learning environment.
  • To support all our students in a caring, consistent and fair manner.
  • To ensure our students develop a tolerant attitude towards others and are able to celebrate diversity.
  • To promote a deep understanding of different religious cultures and moral standpoints.
  • To ensure all students contribute dynamically to the school, local and wider community, understanding the role expected of them as citizens.
  • To enable students to understand their rights and responsibilities in order to co-exist in a democratic society.
  • To promote health awareness, self-respect, self-confidence and self-reliance, together with a sense of loyalty, pride and honesty.
  • To recognise the importance of developing both as an individual and as a member of a team.

In order to achieve our aims, we recognise the importance of continual staff training and development and the importance of working closely with all of our partners.

Horsforth School’s Expectations:

  • Arrive on time for school, lessons and registration.
  • Wear your uniform correctly at all times.
  • Be fully equipped for each lesson.
  • Place your planner on the desk at the start of each lesson and registration.
  • Do as asked by staff.
  • Contribute at all times to a positive learning environment without disturbing others.
  • Be polite and respect others.
  • Do your homework and hand it in on time.
  • Walk around the building sensibly and quietly adhering to the one-way systems.
  • Switch off electronic devices and keep them out of sight unless permitted.
  • Eat and drink at the right time in the right place.
  • Look after your school environment.