VISION DOCUMENT – HOLY TRINITY CHURCH OF ENGLAND SECONDARY SCHOOL
“Our vision is to be a centre of excellence for learning inspired by Christian values where every person in our school community fulfils their potential.”
Our vision is to provide an education through which fully integrated human beings (students and staff) are developed by drawing out their God given potential. This is done within the context of a school community which:
- recognises and celebrates the centrality of Jesus as our guide and inspiration
- embraces a sense of vocation to make a difference in the lives of young people
- gathers together to worship in the widest sense
- recognises that the primary purpose of the school is to serve the students in its car
The education offered is challenging, fulfilling, enjoyable and successful for all, regardless of academic or social barriers. To enable all members to experience this success and to flourish as individuals everyone is valued, nurtured, encouraged and treated with respect characterised by inclusivity.
To fulfil our vision we seek to achieve the following, reflected in our three year whole school improvement plan:
Teaching which creates an inspirational climate for learning and provides everyone with an opportunity to succeed. This teaching will be characterised by thorough planning, knowledgeable and engaging delivery, meaningful assessment and feedback which gives clear guidance about the next steps. The teaching pedagogy will be unique to HTS and will be developed to meet the needs of our students within our context and all who learn in the school will describe it as being ‘how it happens at HTS’.
Curriculum which is rich and balanced, giving a breadth of opportunity at KS3 and which supports the development of the skills needed to succeed at KS4 and KS5. KS4 will have a core which includes RS GCSE for all alongside both academic and vocational courses. KS5 will provide appropriate pathways for the majority of students to progress to, and will allow students to prepare for further study and the world of work. Alongside this, student will be provided with a broad enrichment and work-related offer that stimulates their aspirations as global citizens - resilient in the face of difficulty, skilful when faced with new challenges, confident to step out into the unknown and assured of their individual self-worth and of the unique gifts that they each have to bring to the world. Whilst acknowledging the importance of academic success the curriculum will not bow down to the demands of governments for results, nor allow itself to become just an exam factory rather serving the needs of the students.
Learning – the achievement of our students will be the evidence of the effectiveness of our work. Achievement is about academic qualifications, and our students have the right to leave education with a range of qualifications that prepare them for life and which stand up to comparison with those of their peers. The minimum expectation for all will be to meet national standards in academic progress as individuals at all stages. Collectively as a school we will aspire to being consistently in Q2 for all measures by year 3, with occasional Q1. Students will be engaged learners with a toolbox of metacognitive skills which they will employ with confidence. We will constantly raise the bar, be forensic in our analysis of data, instil belief in our students and ensure that their achievements do them justice and will open doors for them in life.
Students and families – the quality of relationships between students, parents/carers and staff will reflect the Christian ethos, and demonstrate compassion and mutual service. Every student will be seen as an individual and there will be support structures in place which meet their needs in every aspect of life enabling barriers to be overcome and facilitating the capacity to learn and flourish in every way. Students will recognise their place in the wider community and the positive impact they can have beyond HTS.
Staff - all adults within the school community will recognise and embrace their role in facilitating this vision, whatever their position. Staff will model the high expectations of students in every aspect of their daily work and will be inspirational role models. There will be a range of rich opportunities to enable staff to flourish as professionals including relevant training, coaching and opportunities for career development. The Chaplain will provide support to staff as well as students and the wellbeing of staff will always be considered alongside the needs of our students as we seek to fulfil our vision.
Environment –-the school will provide an environment which supports learning through classroom environments which are stimulating, well ordered, contain scaffolding to support learning, consistent messages to support ethos and celebration of the community. The whole school environment will reflect the Christian ethos, with a chapel which provides a sacred space for all regardless of faith and a positive culture of stewardship for that which we have. A long-term plan will be in place to improve the fabric of the school building and there will be community commitment through fund raising to part resource this.
The Ethos of the School
The school aims to serve its community by providing an education of the highest quality within the context of Christian belief and practice. It encourages an understanding of the meaning and significance of faith, and promotes Christian values through the experiences it offers to all. This ethos is expressed through four key underpinning elements, and these are seen to be developmental, each building on that which goes before:
Dignity - “God created humankind in his image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.” (Genesis 1 v 27)
Underpinning all that we do is the core belief in the ultimate worth of each person as a child of God – precious, valued and loved by God. This is the starting point – knowing who we are and our ultimate worth as a human being.
Community - ‘Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another’ (1 John 4 v 11)
Having understood our value as individual human beings, we express this value through the quality of the relationships that we share with each other. Community, living well together, is of very great importance to us as a school, as is the place we each take in the wider community locally, nationally and internationally.
Wisdom – ‘How much better to get wisdom than gold, to get insight rather than silver!’ (Proverbs 16 v 16)
Positive relationships as a community enable us to learn well together. As a school we seek to foster confidence, delight and discipline in seeking wisdom, knowledge and truth. This is achieved through the nurturing of academic habits and skills, emotional intelligence, resilience and creativity across the breadth of the curriculum.
Hope - ‘May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit’ (Romans 15 v 13)
As we learn well together so we are prepared for the future. We look to open up horizons of hope and aspiration, encouraging our whole school community to embrace these with confidence and reaching out to make a difference to the world in which we live.