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Ethos and Values

Aspiring to Excellence

  • We are a dynamic, innovative and outward-looking school.
  • We value every individual and seek the best possible outcomes for each one.
  • Our staff is highly qualified, exceptionally committed and continually learning.
  • We nurture mutually-beneficial partnerships which enhance our pupils’ opportunities and well-being.
  • We are sustained by collaboration, mutual support and trusting relationships.
  • We are an open, friendly school, where all people feel they belong.
  • We are proud to serve our community of Cambourne and want Cambourne to be proud of us.

Teaching and Learning

  • We have the highest aspirations for all pupils and the utmost belief in each individual.
  • We deliver a rich and diverse curriculum, rooted in the needs of our pupils.
  • We strive to remove all barriers to learning and refuse to allow disability or social disadvantage to limit our expectations or the achievements of our pupils.
  • We inspire our pupils through excellent teaching.
  • We value the expertise of our subject specialists, entrusting them to hone pupils’ skills and to ensure access to powerful knowledge.
  • We access technology for optimum impact.
  • Our teaching is underpinned by meaningful data and rigorous, accurate assessment.
  • We work together, across departments, and the Trust, sharing good practice to enhance performance and relationships.
  • We create opportunities for research and professional learning for all members of staff, through our Teaching School and wider partnerships.

Our Pupils

  • Our pupils enjoy school. They engage actively in their learning, inspired by excellent teaching and a sense of shared purpose.
  • Our pupils are confident learners; they build self-esteem and are willing to challenge themselves, take risks and learn from mistakes.
  • Our pupils attain standards of attainment which reflect their full academic potential.
  • We foster imagination, adaptability, resilience and ambition.
  • We create opportunities for every pupil to build independence, teamwork and leadership.
  • Pupils treat each other and staff with respect and consideration.
  • Positive behaviour is an inherent expectation.


  • Our leadership teams guide the school with vision and discernment.
  • All leaders are role models: they act with integrity, are highly visible, and are approachable by all.
  • Teaching and learning is at the heart of all decision-making.
  • We believe in devolved leadership; middle leaders are highly trusted and empowered to have impact.
  • All staff have opportunities to contribute their expertise to strategic school decisions.
  • Communication across the school is direct and timely.
  • Our leaders know the staff, communicate how much they are valued, and seek to sustain their well-being. 


  • We seek to engage with all parents in relationships based on mutual trust and respect.
  • We believe in frequent and open communication, aiming to work with parents to maximise each child’s school experience
  • We have policies that are clear and easily understood, encouraging parental engagement and support.
  • We maximise the use of technology to ensure full and swift communication.

Community and Partnership

  • We are a Village College and embody this ethos.
  • We work in full co-operation with our Trust partners to enhance all our pupils’ education.
  • We build local partnerships across all phases of schooling to ensure cohesive educational experiences.
  • We engage with our local business community to sustain growth and opportunities for our mutual benefit.
  • We work with our Locality Team, social and health workers, and all other relevant agencies to integrate support and sustain our pupils’ well-being.
  • We seek international partnerships to widen our pupils’ understanding of their place in our world.