Vision and Ethos

Our mission

Our aims are rooted in our values and aspirations. We are committed to helping every young person achieve his or her potential by providing the very best all-round education that we possibly can. This means that we seek to provide expert teaching, alongside a broad range of opportunities and experiences, both inside and outside the classroom, within a stimulating, friendly and hard-working environment.

We aim to prepare our pupils and students for the challenges and opportunities ahead, by enabling them to make sensible, informed decisions, in order to take their place as active members of society. All are encouraged to achieve their full potential in the different aspects of school life and to develop moral and spiritual values and an unprejudiced view of other races, religions and cultures.

Ethos and behaviour

Visitors comment on the school’s pleasant atmosphere and sense of purpose. We aim to create an environment in which work and study are valued and encouraged. Good behaviour and relationships, built on mutual respect and trust, are essential for effective teaching and learning to take place. We expect high standards of behaviour and self-discipline and we will contact parents/carers if we have concerns about their child’s behaviour.

At the start of Year 7 parents/carers and students are asked to sign a home-school agreement which sets out our expectations on behaviour. If a student’s behaviour falls short of expectations, we have a graduated system of sanctions, including lunchtime and after-school detentions, internal exclusion and very exceptionally, fixed-term external exclusion.

Code of conduct

Students are expected to comply with the code, which was the outcome of a consultation of students and staff in spring 2010.

  • I will always work to the best of my ability and allow others to work without disruption.
  • I will behave with courtesy, care and consideration for others and keep the school a safe place for everyone.
  • I will treat the school’s and others’ property with respect.
  • I will care for the school environment.

Our values and aspirations

We are a community where:

  • all young people are valued equally;
  • we have the highest expectations of every child;
  • the emphasis is on hard work, care, consideration and pride;
  • the positive outweighs the negative in all we do and effort and achievement are celebrated;
  • everything we do is based on mutual trust.

Equality

The Equality Act 2010 introduced a single Public Sector Equality Duty (PSED).

The duty came into effect in April 2011 and has three main elements. In carrying out their functions, public bodies are required to have due regard to the need to:

  • Eliminate discrimination and other conduct that is prohibited by the Equality Act 2010
  • Advance equality of opportunity between people who share a protected characteristic and people who do not share it
  • Foster good relations across all characteristics, and between people who share a protected characteristic and people who do not share it

The Governors and staff at Litcham School are committed to upholding their responsibilities under this legislation.

All policies adopted by the school will reflect the requirements of this duty.

Specifically Litcham school will:

  • Ensure all Staff and Governors are aware of their responsibilities and receive appropriate training.
  • Work collectively across the school to evidence the requirements of the duty
  • Publish evidence to demonstrate the progress we are making against our duty
  • Work towards the following Equality objectives:
    • Raise the level of aspiration amongst all members of a rural community through the development and provision of outstanding education leading to opportunity for all.
    • To support the level of attainment amongst girls leading to progression in non-typical career paths.
    • To raise the level of literacy skills amongst boys.

Evidence of Progress:

1. Eliminate discrimination and other conduct that is prohibited by the Equality Act 2010

Litcham School has a full range of policies appropriate to supporting a culture where discrimination is not tolerated.

    • Staff and Governors are to receive appropriate training in support of their responsibilities under the equality Act.
    • Litcham School places no restrictions on the ability of any pupil to access learning opportunities. The school has an accessibility plan and is committed to achieving the objectives set out in this plan.
    • Issues relating to equality are monitored by the head teacher.
    • Litcham school has a strong record of providing first choice selected options for pupils at key stage 4.

2. Advance equality of opportunity between people who share a protected characteristic and people who do not share it

  • Litcham School has an active policy of promoting opportunity for all pupils to learn about the qualities of different cultures. This includes activities related to different religions.
  • Litcham school has an active policy in promoting the understanding and development of children from a rural white background.
  • The school has a robust policy of developing knowledge and understanding of children’s needs from all feeder schools prior to transition.

    3. Foster good relations across all characteristics, and between people who share a protected characteristic and people who do not share it

    • The school delivers a program of impact days supporting wider student understanding of issues relating to culture and society.
    • The school delivers a regular and comprehensive set of assemblies encouraging students to consider many issues.
    • The school provides a mentoring framework to allow students the opportunity to develop their thinking about day to day challenges.
    • The school has a twinning relationship with another school based in Sri Lanka
    • The school has a strong relationship with the local community and church as part of its GCSE provision for religious studies.
    • The school has a strong Pastoral team who foster relationships between teachers, Pupils and Parents. This includes the provision of a confidential counselling service.