Our aim is to support young people in becoming happy, confident and active citizens, ready to play a leading role in whatever walk of life they choose. We do this by ensuring our students do achieve the best possible academic outcomes, while at the same time encouraging them to play a full role in the wider life of the school.

Five core values underpin our work:

  • We ensure the highest standards of achievement;
  • We provide all students with an exciting, challenging and enjoyable curriculum that will prepare them for a rapidly changing, technology dominated world;
  • We promote courtesy, acceptance and respect for others;
  • We place great emphasis on personal development and well-being;
  • We work in partnership with parents and the wider community.

These 5 values guide our approach to developing the character of our pupils. We aim to develop within our pupils several personal traits, dispositions and virtues which will help them live positive, productive and fulfilling lives.

They are:

  • Ambitiousness/excellence
  • Courtesy
  • Acceptance
  • Respect
  • Politeness
  • Determination
  • Self-discipline
  • Cooperation

How do we do this?

Aspect

Character Trait

Founder’s Day

Courtesy

Prize Giving

Ambitiousness / excellence

Carol Service

Politeness

The House System

Cooperation

4 hours of curriculum sport per fortnight

Determination

50 trips per year

Courtesy

8 hours of curriculum language lessons per fortnight in KS3

Acceptance

Erasmus Projects

Cooperation

Rights Respecting School

Acceptance

LAMDA Lessons

Self-discipline

Drama Lessons and 3x productions per year

Cooperation

Year 8 Enterprise Challenge

Cooperation

Publication of local cycle routes to encourage cycling to school

Determination

BBC School Report

Ambitiousness / excellence

Pop up Author visits

Respect

Mock Trial Competition

Cooperation

UK Maths Challenge

Ambitiousness / excellence

3x Achievement Certificate Assemblies

Ambitiousness / excellence

Bi-Annual Sport Relief Fundraising

Determination

Annual Camps International Expedition

Determination

Annual Year 8 Isle of Wight Visit

Cooperation

1701 Society

Courtesy

Annual Williamsonian Magazine

Ambitiousness / excellence

A Level/GCSE Art Exhibition

Ambitiousness / excellence

International Schools Award Accreditation

Acceptance

Teaching & Learning Policy

Ambitiousness / excellence

Investors in Careers Award Accreditation

Determination

Behaviour Policy

Respect

Well-being Award for Schools

Self-discipline

Prefect System

Respect

Sixth Form Silent Study Provision

Self-discipline

Risk Avert Programme

Self-discipline

School Council

Courtesy

Duke of Edinburgh Award

Cooperation

Curriculum Projects

Ambitiousness / excellence

Year 8 Open Day Guiding Programme

Politeness

Weekly Assemblies

Courtesy

 

A phrase we have sometimes used to exemplify what we do is ‘traditional values with cutting edge practices’. This summarises our ethos. In many respects we are unashamedly traditional, believing strongly in notions of respect, politeness and determination. This is shown through a number of traditional events in the school calendar such as Founder’s Day and Prize Giving. However, it is also shown on a daily basis through the way our students are expect to interact with each other and their teachers.

At the same time as this we take a progressive approach to teaching and learning. We make best use of modern equipment from laser cutters in DT to the interactive whiteboards that are present in almost all classrooms. We also make use of our Virtual Learning Environment and our on-line homework system to support learning outside the classroom. In class lessons are fun and interactive, but at the same time challenging and demanding.

An inherent part of the Math School’s ethos is the promotion of diversity and tolerance and the school is committed to fostering and celebrating this culture.

With approximately 40% of our student body being from minority ethnic backgrounds, the school is proud of its diverse community and recognises the importance of ensuring our youngsters are educated fully on wider societal issues that are being faced today as well as displaying inclusive and respectful attitudes at all times.

 The school works hard to provide a range of provisions and input designed to inform and promote the tolerance and celebration of different cultures, religions and identities as well as ensuring these practices are entrenched in everyday life of all at the Math, including a range of targeted tutorial activities, PSHE content, visiting speakers and assemblies.

We are constantly striving to improve our practices and provisions and ensure our measures to tackle any instances of prejudice, discrimination and ignorance are as robust and effective as possible.

If you ever have concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us on 01634 844008 or email office@sjwms.org.uk.