Values and Ethos


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THE DEAN TRUST’S VALUES AND ETHOS

As part of our protocols, we have a number of over-arching aims and a mission that pervades all of our schools and academies as follows:

Our Mission

  • We always put ‘pupils first’
  • We follow Local Authority admissions criteria
  • We believe that local children should attend local schools and we are not selective
  • We are fully inclusive and welcome children from vulnerable groups e.g FSM, SEND, LAC etc
  • We continuously provide high quality professional development for all of our staff
  • We follow the School Teachers’ Pay and Conditions and National Joint Council conditions of service
  • We work positively with trade unions and actively involve them in our decision making
  • We play our full role in behaviour partnerships/hard to place protocols
  • We always put collaboration before competition

Aims

  • To work in the areas of greatest challenge
  • To move all academies in the Trust to at least ‘Good’ using The Dean Trust school improvement offer from the centre (Teaching School)
  • To sustain improvements by developing character, values and beliefs alongside sound systems and processes
  • To ensure that all academies in our Trust adopt The Dean Trust model for success, high aspirations, high standards and continuous improvement throughout the organisation
  • To concentrate our operation within a 50-mile radius of the Central Hub to ensure that coverage of the academy group and lead times are manageable and focused
  • The Trust would have at the centre The Dean Trust Teaching School and high quality School Centred Initial Teacher Training (SCITT)
  • To have high quality academy/school governance at the heart of the process
  • To establish a strong centralised ‘back office’ support service for the academy group which is well resourced and funded to meet operational needs.

The following principles underline everything we do at Ashton on Mersey School:

  • A respect for all pupils and their parents.
  • A full commitment to professionalism.
  • A well ordered and caring school community.

Mission Statement

The school aims to:

  • Help pupils to achieve their full academic potential.
  • Help pupils to acquire knowledge and skills relevant to adult life, employment and leisure in a fast changing world.
  • Help pupils to be literate and numerate.
  • Encourage the principles of common sense and courtesy and to develop a respect for other people and their property.
  • Help and encourage all concerned to maintain the school’s good reputation.
  • Create a happy and stable environment in which learning can take place.
  • Help pupils to develop
    a) lively, enquiring minds;
    b) the ability to question and argue rationally;
    c) the ability to apply themselves to tasks and physical skills.
  • Help pupils to understand the effect of human activities on the environment.
  • Help pupils understand and respect the world in which they live and the interdependence of individuals, groups of people and nations.
  • Help pupils develop sensitivity, empathy, tolerance, self-control, sympathy and an understanding of others.
  • Prepare pupils for future economic roles as producers, consumers and citizens.
  • Help pupils contribute to an industrialised and highly technological society.
  • Help pupils to understand enterprise, wealth creation and entrepreneurial skills.
  • Help pupils to develop an interest in their own good health and acquire the skills to make positive choices and decisions throughout their lives.
  • Increase pupils’ awareness of the wide variety of religious and cultural experiences, beliefs and practices to be found in the world so that they may develop an awareness and understanding of their own beliefs and respect the rights and values of others.
  • Offer pupils equality of opportunity in learning, regardless of gender or special
  • educational needs.
  • Combat racial discrimination and prejudice.

‘To provide opportunities in order to assist all pupils to achieve their full potential and to treat pupils as we would wish to have our own children treated.’