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Aims, purpose, values and vision

Our purpose

Our purpose is to develop in our students the knowledge, skills and qualities, strengthening their character and resolve, so that they are well qualified and prepared for their future success and wellbeing.

Our vision

William Ellis is a distinctive, dynamic and diverse school where there is a strong sense of pride and belonging in the school community. Our vision is to create an environment built on success, self-discovery, developing leadership, passion for learning and acquiring effective skills for life. We are concerned with the development of the whole person:  intellectually, physically, emotionally, socially and spiritually. We emphasise the dignity of the individual and promote respect for others.

Our aims

We are a school where students:

  • have ambition, work hard and make excellent progress
  • believe that by applying themselves they can get better
  • are involved in their own learning and help drive school decisions
  • feel supported, welcomed and respected for their individuality
  • know their rights and responsibilities and are prepared to be responsible, global citizens in a democratic society
  • possess an informed understanding of the world of work and how wealth is created with an awareness of ethical behaviour, respect for the environment and social justice
  • cultivate creative skills and an appreciation of art, music, drama and design
  • develop an interest in the wider world and other cultures
  • have pride in their school and have high expectations for themselves and their peers

Our values 


  • promote the highest achievement in our students
  • are committed to excellent teaching in a well-ordered, stimulating learning environment as this is a right for all students
  • build strong relationships with students and each other
  • continuously evaluate the progress learners are making
  • demonstrate and articulate social and moral values and respect for others
  • challenge fixed mindsets because we believe that through focused effort and constructive feedback individual (and collective) capability will develop
  • listen to student voice and act on it
  • celebrate a broad range of achievements: academic, artistic, sporting, leadership