Published: Sunday, 25 October 2015 15:01
I am occasionally asked by prospective parents ‘What are the values of the school?’ I am quite encouraged by this as usually the parents are trying to get past the obvious facts about being good at getting examination results and the number of extra-curricular activities and learn something about the priorities and the everyday life of the institution.
What are values? I think that they are beliefs and desirable goals which set priorities and guide actions in specific situations.
As it happens Birkdale has 3 long-standing core values which are published on the website and around the school: care and respect for all, commitment to each other and to the school and the pursuit and celebration of excellence. We talk about them with staff and pupils from time to time although their successful adoption across the community probably relies on a slow diffusion through copying behaviours rather than them merely being recalled from memory.
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