The Highcrest Academy

Values & Virtues

Our ‘Practical’ Transition Values…

These values help us support and guide our younger students through the complex and sometimes challenging KS2 to KS3 transition journey. They help us build bridges to overcome any potential barriers the students may face.

We use every suitable opportunity to explore these values with our new students, starting before their move from primary school, and then reinforcing them during pastoral time, lesson time and assemblies at the Academy.

As our students begin to encounter new experiences with us, these values ensure they are fully prepared for life at Highcrest and they become the foundation stones to our students’ future happiness and success.

Attend              (Attend today – Achieve tomorrow)

Smart               (Look smart – think smart)

Polite               (Good manners can open doors to new opportunities)

Independent    (True independence can only exist in doing what's right)

Respectful       (Treat people the way you want to be treated. Respect is earned, not given)

Equipped         (If you fail to prepare, you are preparing to fail)

Our ‘Personal’ Virtues…

Once our students are operating effectively within their new surroundings and have developed a conceptual understanding of our Practical Values, we begin to introduce our Personal Virtues.

These virtues help them to refine and develop their character, whilst ensuring they are physically and mentally healthy, and become successful members of our community and indeed society.

Ambition        (Having a strong desire to do or achieve something)

Sensitivity      (Having or displaying a quick and delicate appreciation of others' feelings)

Purpose          (Having or showing determination or resolve)

Integrity          (The quality of being honest and having strong moral principles)

Resilience       (The ability to withstand or recover quickly from difficult conditions)

Eloquence       (Fluent or persuasive in speaking or writing)

If you have these values and virtues, if you ‘Aspire’, you can and you will ‘Achieve’.

As a key component of our character development initiative, teachers reference our values and virtues are at every suitable opportunity, making links with their schemes of work and lesson content.

To further promote dialogue about our values and virtues between staff and students, we have implemented new virtues reward cards. This is to ensure students fully understand how each virtue can be demonstrated on a daily basis. Furthermore, students are now being nominated for our ‘Star of the Week’ (publicised in our weekly parent bulletin), based around one of the virtues.     

Year 7 Transition Values Reward Card

Year 8 to Year 13 Virtues Reward Card

In addition, both our values and virtues are further reinforced through a range of professional display boards that are positioned above doorways in corridors around the academy.

Furthermore, ‘road signs’ have been erected and displayed in the driveway and on the main entrance road.