• Ethos and Values

Ethos and Values

Our aim is to provide an outstanding holistic education that will ensure the young people of the Lathom High School community are equipped with the knowledge, skills and attributes necessary to fulfil their potential and make a valuable contribution to society.

Our ethos reflects the [email protected] statement. It is at the heart of everything we do and everything we ask of our students and parents, and wider community. We encourage our students to have goals, to stand tall and PROUD and strive to be the best. Our expectations are high and this is to push our students to give of their best every day. We want them to understand that this is their RESPONSIBILITY and that to make the most of their individual potential they need to have OWNERSHIP of their attitude to learning, their behaviour, their personal organisation and their presentation.

As such, our ethos is characterised by the values of:

P   Perseverance
R   Responsibility
O   Ownership
U   Understanding
D   Determination

Promotion of British Values

There are certain values that inform the way that we behave, and provide a positive influence for students.

Lathom High School actively promotes principles that:

  • Enable students to develop their self-knowledge, self-esteem and self-confidence
  • Enable students to distinguish right from wrong and to respect the civil and criminal law of England
  • Encourage students to accept responsibility for their behaviour, show initiative and understand how they can contribute positively to the lives of those living and working in the locality in which the school is situated, and to society more widely
  • Enable students to acquire a broad general knowledge of and respect for public institutions and services in England
  • Further tolerance and harmony between different cultural traditions by enabling pupils to acquire an appreciation of and respect for their own cultures

These values are promoted through our daily tutor time, Enrichment Days, Assembly Programme and embedded within the general ethos of our school community.

We operate on a yearly plan where we have themes relating to British Values, which interweave with Tutor Time discussions, and Assemblies.

Through our thriving School Council we ensure that all pupils within the school have a voice that is listened to, and, we actively promote the democratic process through elections for School Council, Head Boy/Girl and Prefects. Democracy is further promoted through student questionnaires.

The behaviour policy is centred around ‘respect’ as a core value, and discussions and assemblies focus on what respect means and how it is shown.

Extra-curricular activities are used to encourage respect, tolerance and harmony between people who may hold different views to ourselves.

The school supports local, national and international charities. In 2017 more than £3,500 was donated to a variety of charities.

The information below reflects how Lathom High School works to promote positive values through the ethos and life of the school, for example through a broad and balanced curriculum, and through social, moral, cultural and spiritual development.

Promoting a broad balanced curriculum

  • Equalities and Accessibility Plan
  • Regular curriculum review to ensure a broad and balanced curriculum
  • Inclusive teaching
  • Parents’ Evenings
  • Assemblies
  • Positive role models
  • Options process:  Senior Leadership student/parent
  • Within particular subjects e.g. History, SMSC and Geography
  • Promotion of tolerance of different views
  • Democracy, parliament, immigration
  • Extremist behaviour
  • Equality and diversity

Social, Moral, Cultural, Spiritual Development

  • Tutor time and SMSC  explores different religions and opportunity to understand people of other faiths and cultures
  • Off-site educational visits
  • Mentoring Schemes  (Peer Mentors, Parents’ Forum Mentors)
  • Assemblies to promote tolerance/understanding of other cultures
  • Local Care Home parties and celebration events  
  • Fund raising
  • Volunteering with the Tawd Valley Park Regeneration Project

British Values

  • The rule of law
  • Part of school life
  • Democracy
  • Part of school life
  • Mutual Respect
  • Respect for individual difference
  • Modelling behaviour
  • Setting standards of attitudes and behaviour in school
  • Awareness and tolerance of communities which are different to their own
  • Tolerance for those of different faiths and beliefs
  • SMSC
  • Assemblies
  • Strong pastoral system (being aware of changes in behaviour)
  • Student council
  • Student views sought
  • Safeguarding procedures
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