Our vision, ethos and values

Our Vision

We are the first choice secondary school for our families because we focus on the whole child, high levels of achievement, resilient attitudes, a healthy mind, body, spirit and individual character.

Our Ethos

Learning together, succeeding together, inspiring excellence.

Our Values

St Katherine’s School stands firmly on three pillars; People, Community, Excellence. We actively encourage everyone within our community to ‘live and breathe’ our values everyday.

Our core values are: acceptance, respect, honesty, determination, equality, excellence, friendship, aspiration, resilience and responsibility.

People | Community | Excellence


  • keeping children, families and employees safe
  • dedicated staff who care and nurture, support and challenge in equal measure
  • honesty, openness and trust
  • professional integrity
  • enthusiasm that welcomes change and growth
  • celebrating achievement in all its forms
  • inclusive education
  • finding and developing the best in every child
  • individuality
  • empowering students to learn
  • a diverse mix of students from a wide variety of primary schools and backgrounds
  • tolerance and respect for people of all different backgrounds and beliefs


  • leadership by example, at every level
  • a culture of teamwork
  • healthy mind, body and spirit
  • strong partnerships
  • mutual respect between all our partners: students, families, teachers, agencies
  • engagement with the local, national and international communities
  • good behaviour from all
  • clear and effective communication
  • the school as a resource for all
  • students doing it for themselves
  • democracy, individual liberty and responsibility


  • attainment and progress
  • high quality teaching
  • high expectations of everyone
  • equal opportunities
  • learning without limits
  • creativity, flair and innovation
  • always seeking to improve on previous best
  • perseverance
  • pride in our achievements – celebrating the best in everyone