Ready to Learn

Our ethos, ‘learning together, succeeding together, inspiring excellence’ epitomises our approach at St Katherine’s.

We challenge everyone within our school community to live and breathe our values evey day:


Our 3Rs (Respect, Responsibility, Resilience) underpin our conversations with pupils so everyone understands our expectations.

In summary a St Katherine’s pupil is expected to:

  • be respectful by listening and speaking politely
  • be responsible by arriving on time and fully equipped
  • be resilient by remaining on task and working hard


Every pupil at St Katherine’s has the right to learn in an environment that is free from disruption where all pupils can learn and all teachers can teach

Expectations of all pupils

Our expectations of all pupils are very clear. Pupils must meet our expectations and take responsibility for being a St Katherine’s pupil by being Ready to Learn. If a member of staff asks a pupil to do something, they must do it. We will always use clear language in our expectations – “This is a reasonable request. I expect a reasonable response”.  If the pupil refuses or walks away they will be sent to the Ready to Learn room.

In the classroom and around the school pupils are expected to:

Be respectful

  • Treat everyone and everything with respect at all times
  • Listen carefully and follow all staff instructions first time
  • Listen when others are talking
  • Put your hand up and avoid calling out
  • Respect school property
  • Speak appropriately with no bad language or prejudicial bullying language or behaviour
  • Engage when being spoken to and never walk away
  • Show good manners i.e.holding doors open for each other, greeting visitors politely
  • Clear away after yourself
  • Respect the needs of others
  • Keep left in corridors and avoid contact

Be responsible

  • Have a positive attitude
  • Be punctual
  • Show kindness every day
  • Arrive in class within 3 minutes of the bell
  • Have all the required equipment
  • Keep mobiles phones and earphones out of sight during tutor, lessons and lesson changeover
  • Walk around the site and run only on the courts and fields
  • Eat and drink outside or in the canteen at break time and/or lunchtime
  • Go to the toilet at break time and lunchtime
  • Put your litter in a bin
  • Speak calmly to each other without shouting
  • Wear all items of uniform correctly and with pride at all times
  • Have a pass for incorrect uniform/items
  • No involvement in serious incidents

Be resilient

  • Work hard to complete all work to the best of your ability
  • Understand and accept your own strengths and weaknesses
  • Develop problem solving skills
  • Self control
  • Set personal goals with realistic expectations
  • Learn from your mistakes
  • Be willing to overcome difficulties rather than avoid problems
  • Be optimistic in your thinking
  • Refuse to give in when facing a challenge or set back
  • Be able to recognise your own emotions and those of others
  • Develop social skills and the ability to seek assistance from others