British Values are vital to the success of Newbury Independent School and are incorporated into all academic, educational and vocational studies. British Values transcend every aspect of students' work.
Newbury Independent School is built upon a foundation of:
“No legacy is so rich as honesty” – William Shakespeare
Honesty is the lynchpin of everything we do. Our students and families have often lost faith in the education system and our honesty is the basis on which we start to rebuild the working relationship. We will always be thoughtful in the way we present our honest opinion, but we will not shy from difficult conversations as sometimes honesty is the best way to help change happen. We expect staff, students, families/carers and other agencies to be open with us, as we are always striving to provide the very best educational experience for our students.
“If you don’t stand for something, you will fall for anything” – Malcolm X
This is ‘doing the right thing even if no-one is watching’. Working with each other, acting with honesty and integrity, ensuring we do the right thing for our students, families, carers and staff in all situations. We will maintain our morals, ethics and principles and help our students understand and reach those levels of integrity as well.
“A lack of transparency results in a distrust and a deep sense of insecurity” –
As a school we are committed to creating openness in our daily work to promote trust and help us towards ever greater effectiveness and efficiency. Our students, families, carers and other agencies need to be aware of our aims, but we will listen and, where suitable, act upon any input given by our cohort. We are open and we are always learning and improving. We will say if we get something wrong – and learn from it. We also expect that from our students, families, carers, staff and other agencies. This is a ’two-way street’ and together we will all work to demonstrate the very best practices.
“Long term consistency trumps short term intensity” – Bruce Lee
This is an incredibly important part of our role as Newbury School. Many of our students have had inconsistencies in their education, home life, expectations, boundaries, adult input to their lives and sometimes living environments. We will strive to be the consistency our students crave by maintaining routines (with flexibility), pre-tutoring for changes with those who need it, having clear expectations but keeping our promises too.
By integrating these solid principles into everyday functions, we aim to make 'Tomorrow better than today' for our Students.