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Ethos and Values

Vision for Crookhorn College

At Crookhorn College we believe in ‘Excellence as Standard’

  • Excellence in teaching and learning
  • Excellence in the learning environment
  • Excellence in ethos and enrichment

We have four levers through which we strive to achieve the vision. Lever 1 and Lever 2 are all about the delivery of the vision. Lever 3 and Lever 4 are all about the support for the vision:

Lever 1 - Delivery of vision

Pedagogy and Curriculum Key focus areas for 21/22:

  • All teachers to be confident in the use of classroom pedagogy and itslearning, as blended learning tools to develop students’ knowledge skills and understanding. There is to be a specific focus in relation to the quality of writing and in developing the blend between classroom and home learning through the quality of planning and resources.
  • Focus on developing teacher differentiation to enable learning to be accessible to all students in mixed attaining groups across the curriculum. Specific focus is to be on the quality of planning and feedback to enhance student progress.
  • Streamlined monitoring processes allow middle leaders to take accountability for the performance of their subject.
Lever 2 - Delivery of vision

Ethos and Environment Key focus areas for 21/22:

  • To re-embed the Cornerstones and establish the clear link between the Cornerstones, Go West (Resilience Strategy) and OPEN MIND (Learning Strategy).
  • To re-establish House identity through the concept of the ‘Blended House’.
  • To reduce the attainment gap between groups of students by focussing on the Ambition Programme and the deployment of early mentoring through Key Stage 3 into Key Stage 4. Teachers and support staff to continue work on the SEN friendly classroom with a focus on effective deployment of LSA’s, particularly within mixed attaining groups.
Lever 3 - Support of vision

Staff Training Key focus areas for 21/22:

  • Relaunch the coaching programme for all staff with a mix between instructional coaching and the GROW model of coaching.
  • All College training time will be utilised effectively to develop the individual. Opportunities for training are to be blended with a variety of pathways available for staff. Ensure that the differentiated training plan is driven by training needs identified through staff appraisal objectives.
  • Develop clear pathways to leadership for both teaching and support staff.
Lever 4 - Support of vision

Leadership Key focus areas for 21/22:

  • To seek the strengths in all through the quality of the curriculum structure, the quality of planning and pedagogical delivery, quality of pastoral support and for staff, through the quality of the streamlined appraisal process.
  • To effectively manage staff workload and ensure that there is a good balance to aid staff welfare.
  • College performance to be measured against robust qualitative targets inspiring strong outcomes across all aspects of College life, and not just attainment driven outcomes.

The College Ethos

Everything we do at Crookhorn is underpinned by our four fundamental cornerstones of RESPECT, COMMITMENT, ACHIEVEMENT and RESPONSIBILITY, which are embodied in our Cornerstones Code:


  • I will RESPECT that at Crookhorn learning in the classroom is the priority.
  • I will be RESPECTFUL, polite and considerate at all times and follow the teachers’ directions in a positive manner.
  • I will show RESPECT for the College by wearing the College uniform in the correct way.
  • I will RESPECT other people’s property and listen and value their opinions.
  • I will RESPECT the College and class environment by eating only at lunch and break time and putting my rubbish in the bin.
  • I will take RESPONSIBILITY for my own learning.
  • I will take RESPONSIBILITY for the care of my environment, buildings, College grounds and community.
  • I will take RESPONSIBILITY for my actions and consider how they may affect the learning, health and safety of others.
  • I will take RESPONSIBILITY for how I move around the College.
  • I will act RESPONSIBLY by leaving valuables at home.
  • I will show COMMITMENT to my learning environment by keeping noise and disruption to a level that does not disturb the learning of others.
  • I will show COMMITMENT to my education by arriving on time to registration and lessons.
  • I will show COMMITMENT to my House team by supporting them through my participation in College and community events
  • I will ACHIEVE my potential by always bringing the correct equipment to each lesson
  • I will ACHIEVE my potential by making sure my behaviour enables me to focus on my personal achievement targets
  • I will work hard to ACHIEVE my potential in classwork and homework

Promoting fundamental British values

At Crookhorn College we recognise the importance of actively promoting the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs. In doing so, we intend to fulfil the DFE priorities which set out that schools should:

  • 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 to understand how they can contribute positively to the lives of those living and working in the locality of the school 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 students to acquire an appreciation of and respect for their own and other cultures
  • encourage respect for other people
  • encourage respect for democracy and support for participation in the democratic processes, including respect for the basis on which the law is made and applied in England
  • challenge opinions or behaviours in College that are contrary to fundamental British values.

At Crookhorn College we aim to develop the understanding of the fundamental British values through the following actions:

1. Democracy:

  • Provide students with a broad general knowledge of, and promote respect for, public institutions and services
  • Teach students how they can influence decision-making through the democratic process
  • Include in the curriculum information on the advantages and disadvantages of democracy and how it works in Britain
  • Encourage students to become involved in decision-making processes and ensure they are listened to in College
  • Hold ‘elections’ for key roles within the House system so students learn the importance of exercising their right to vote.
  • Help students to express their views
  • Teach students how public services operate and how they are held to account · Model how perceived injustice can be peacefully challenged

2. Rule of law

  • Ensure our College Code of Conduct and the associated expectations are understood as clear and fair
  • Help students to distinguish right from wrong through the application of the Four Cornerstones
  • Help students to respect the law and the basis on which it is made
  • Help students to understand that living under the rule of law protects individuals
  • Teach students aspects of both civil and criminal law and discuss how this might differ from some religious laws
  • Develop restorative justice approaches to resolve conflicts

3. Individual liberty

  • Support students to develop their self-knowledge, self-esteem and self-confidence
  • Encourage students through the Four Cornerstones to take responsibility for their behaviour, as well as knowing their rights
  • Model freedom of speech through student participation, while ensuring protection of vulnerable individuals and promoting critical analysis of evidence
  • Challenge stereotypes
  • Implement a strong anti-bullying culture

4. Respect and tolerance

  • Promote respect for individual differences
  • Help students to acquire an understanding of, and respect for, their own and other cultures and ways of life
  • Challenge prejudicial or discriminatory behaviour
  • Develop links with faith communities
  • Develop critical personal thinking skills
  • Discuss differences between people, such as differences of faith, ethnicity, disability, gender and differences of family situations, such as looked-after children or young carers

The Prevent Strategy
Crookhorn College takes its responsibility to challenge extreme views and uphold the principles of the Prevent Strategy seriously. Our recent risk assessment shows the College to be at low risk of extremism. We are confident that our numerous activities to promote British values, tolerance, charity and respect allow our students to develop into global citizens. In order to maintain awareness key staff have recently completed an online training module on the ‘Channel’ aspect of the Prevent Strategy.