Ethos and Values



Our Moral Purpose

At Highfield we strive to provide each child with the tools they need to become their very best selves. We aim to instil within them the skills and values which will enable everyone to positively contribute to the diverse world we live in.

Our Vision

We passionately believe in developing a life-long love of learning within an inspirational and inclusive environment. Highfield is a warm and friendly place of co-operation, equality and respect.

To instil a love of learning by:-

  • Implementing a relevant creative curriculum designed to encourage independence and child-initiated learning
  • Providing a stimulating learning environment to encourage investigative and meaningful engagement with the learning process
  • Providing excellent teaching of both the Primary Curriculum and the development of life skills

Everyone deserves to receive a high quality education:-

  • Teaching is personalised to meet the needs and preferred learning styles of all learners
  • By believing and acting on the premise that every child matters
  • Providing appropriate resources and opportunities

We treat each other with empathy and kindness, and we are polite to each other by:-

  • Promoting a high standard of behaviour in our school community through well established policies and procedures such as our Golden Rules
  • Understanding both our rights and responsibilities at school and in the wider community
  • Raising self-esteem and self-worth through ensuring that our children reach their full potential.

Our Values

At Highfield we have three core values; Cooperation, Kindness and Respect. They are at the heart of everything we do at the school. They are how we act towards each and how we expect others to act towards us. They are threaded through our curriculum so they are meaningful and understood by the children.

We also have a fourth value that is chose by our school council every term. This term we they have chosen ‘Teamwork.’ Children will be taking part in activities and lessons that will deepen their understanding of mindfulness and how it can help us.

What we say about our values

We asked children, staff, parents and governors what our school values mean to them.



How can we show the value of cooperation to each other?

Togetherness, team work, everyone takes part, talking and listening to share ideas, working together to achieve things, taking turns, playing with everyone, joining in games 

How can we show cooperation to teachers?

Eye-contact, teamwork, listening, sharing, working together, patience, good manners.


How can we show the value of kindness to each other?

Show new children around, play with others, stand up for others, help others if they are hurt, support each other to learn, smile, share, listen, let someone play with you, cheer each other up, give compliments, teach someone to do something, help each other achieve.

How can we show kindness to teachers? 

Follow the  rules, work hard, help to tidy up, smile, listen


How can we show respect to each other?

Listen to people’s thoughts and feelings, listen to others, respect others feelings, don’t interrupt when someone’s working, don’t make fun of people, respect each others’ cultures, be kind and polite.


How can we show our core values each other?


By sharing ideas and resources, supporting one another, getting involved and being helpful, respect for all, empathy and understanding, flexibility.


 Give people time, work as a team, listen to each other, set an example for the children, show empathy and understanding


 Value others point of view, embrace and support new iniatives, respect differences, support and encourage one another.

How can we show our values to children?


Be friendly and approachable, develop a positive, trusting relationship, acknowledge all steps in progress, regardless of how small they may seem, be the child’s voice when required, praise children for showing perseverance.


Create a culture where making mistakes is okay, always be welcoming and smile, provide a safe and secure environment, always be approachable, be inclusive.


Value each child as an individual, show appreciation for what they do, follow up issues where needed, always be clear and consistent.

How can we show our values to parents?


Giving ideas and guidance for learning, being friendly and approachable, work together with parents, listen. 


Recognising each child as an individual with unique needs, being fair, being trustworthy, having a calm and friendly manner, be approachable.


Listen, treat parents as you would want to be treated, respect differences, establish positive lines of communication, respond to concerns.


How can we show the school values to staff?

Show patience re convenient times to meet, support the school values, understand their challenges, support the children by helping with homework, be polite and respectful, be open minded.

How can we show the school values to each other?

Support each other, be friendly and helpful, be accepting of different cultures, show kindness

How can we show the school values to children?

Help children have a good night’s sleep, support the school’s ethos, talk to children about how to deal with difficult situations, encourage respect and tolerance for others. 


How do you show the school’s values in your role as a governor?

Being open to talk to parents who have queries; Being understanding and patient when talking to school; Respect for the huge amount of work and commitments of all members of staff in the school; Respect for the policies and procedures that must be followed, have constructive discussions with subject leads and hold the school to account.

Our 3 Jars

At Highfield we have 3 jars which represent 3 words that are very important to us:


Click here for 3 Jars information