Values and Ethos

Cowley Hill School will be known within its own community and abroad as an outstanding school:

Where effort and achievement are recognised, encouraged and seen as something to be proud of.

Where there is enthusiasm for learning and evidence that all members of the community are willing to discuss ideas openly because they are used to having their contributions valued and respected.

Where children are encouraged to have high expectations of themselves; where the best possible standards are achieved for all pupils through imaginative and committed teaching and through pupils being encouraged to take responsibility for their own learning and always to do their best.


Cowley Hill School Values

To promote a thirst for learning which will encourage all children to achieve the highest standards through the provision of a broad, balanced and creative curriculum, high expectations, praise for a task well done and through committed, enthusiastic and effective teaching.

To create an environment that encourages respect for self and for others, that promotes thoughtfulness and consideration and that supports each and every child in their development into confident, responsible

and caring adults through clearly articulated parameters and in an atmosphere of involvement, tolerance and collaboration.

To encourage children to become self-motivated and determined learners who will take risks, rise to a challenge and manage the outcome in an atmosphere that is challenging yet supportive. 

To enable children to develop into independent learners by creating an environment where contributions, efforts and achievement are valued, and where all give their best because they recognise that their efforts are a reflection of themselves. 

To communicate the Cowley Hill vision statement effectively to all members of the community in order to inspire excellence throughout the school.

To create an atmosphere where the aims are in evidence to anyone who visits the school; through the respect children have for one another and for all who work or attend at the school and for their willingness to accept responsibility for self and others; through the way they share, work collaboratively and support one another's successes; through the way they share the whole school's commitment to high expectations in all areas of their personal development.


Promoting British Values at Cowley Hill


The Department for Education have recently reinforced the need "to create and enforce a clear and rigorous expectation on all schools to promote the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs."

The government set out its definition of British values in the 2011 Prevent Strategy, and these values have been reiterated by the Prime Minister this year. To find out how we reinforce these values at Cowley Hill, click on the link below.

Promoting British Values at Cowley Hill

My Personal Best

My Personal Best has been designed to inspire teachers to teach life skills through physical education. It aims to develop life skills, leadership and employability skills in young people such as empathy, teamwork and resilience.

My Personal Best explores these skills practically, helping children to recognise and transfer them to other lessons, to life in school and to their wider environment. 

Ask your child what our key theme is this term.

My Personal Best Skills Trees