Our Ethos and Values

KES is ‘In Pursuit of Excellence’. This phrase captures the true sense of what KES is about - of always wanting to do better and improve on what has already been achieved. It sums up the vision for students and staff and others linked to KES - to always look to achieve their Personal Best in every aspect of school life.

We have a set of values that sit behind our vision to provide students and staff with a real sense of what should motivate them to help achieve excellence.

We are:

    Our school is one where everyone is encouraged and supported to achieve their personal best
    Our school is welcoming, inclusive, has a real community feel and is a place where everyone is valued
    Our students and staff treat each other equitably, fairly, with kindness and with mutual respect
    Our students and staff are enterprising and approach challenges with a ‘can-do’ attitude
    Our environment is safe and clean with everyone sharing responsibility for it
    Our culture is one of continuous improvement, creativity and enthusiasm

In support of our values, we have several sets of Promises that provide examples of what our values look like in reality.

Our values and promises came from conversations with parents, governors, students and staff who were asked what kind of school they believe KES is, and what kind of school they would like it to be in the future. The information gathered helped to conceive the vision and values and how these look in practice.

School Promises

The school will...

  • treat all students fairly;
  • foster an environment where everyone has the right to feel comfortable and where bullying is not accepted;
  • promote high expectations for student success and personal achievement;
  • acknowledge, praise, provide feedback and support students;
  • keep parents/carers well informed about their child’s progress, behaviour and attendance;
  • respond promptly and appropriately to all parental contact;
  • aim to provide the highest quality of teaching;
  • make sure homework is set according to school policy and marked on time with useful feedback;
  • ensure the highest levels of professionalism by all staff;
  • provide a clean, safe, stimulating and well-resourced environment;
  • provide a broad and balanced curriculum suited to the needs of all learners;
  • ensure school policies are consistently adhered to.

Teacher Promises

Teachers will...

  • build positive relationships with all students in my class, encouraging them to achieve their Personal Best at all times;
  • acknowledge and praise students for going ‘over and above’ in lessons;
  • listen to what students have to say whenever possible;
  • be punctual for the start of lessons, set a Do It Now activity and ensure lessons finish on time;
  • make sure HW is set using SMHW and feedback is given according to school policy;
  • provide feedback and support to students when needed;
  • treat all students fairly and with no favouritism;
  • treat every lesson as a fresh start for each student to help them enjoy and achieve;
  • foster an environment where everyone has the right to feel comfortable and where bullying or lack of engagement is not acceptable.

All Staff Promises

Staff will...

  • communicate openly and honestly;
  • speak to others in a polite and respectful manner;
  • use my position of authority appropriately;
  • lead by example – for instance: walk on the left in corridors, dress appropriately, only drink water during lessons;
  • hold doors open for others;
  • be punctual for meetings and keep to the allotted time;
  • not have my mobile phone on display, or use it, in a meeting, lesson, or public area;
  • be properly prepared for meetings;
  • make the time to listen to other people’s ideas/concerns/points of view, without talking over or interrupting them;
  • respect each other’s professionalism, as every role makes a valuable contribution to the school;
  • smile and say hello to others;
  • respond promptly and appropriately to all parental contact, ideally within 24 hours;
  • be polite when answering the phone and state who I am;
  • be proactive, if I don’t know something, I will ask;
  • strive to achieve my personal best in every respect;
  • try to resolve questions or enquiries myself before passing to colleagues;
  • provide feedback, help, and support others when needed;
  • give thanks and praise when there is an opportunity to do so;
  • be open to new ideas and enthusiastic about trying new things;
  • share responsibility and ownership of problems ;
  • challenge anyone dropping litter and encourage them to use the bins;
  • ensure my own ID badge is always visible, and politely challenge any visitors who do not have visible identification.

Student Promises

Students will...

  • attend school regularly (minimum of 97%) and be on time to lessons;
  • be polite and remember to say please and thank you;
  • respect other students and staff and show them care, courtesy and consideration and take responsibility for my actions;
  • ensure my mobile phone is switched off and not on display whilst in school;
  • never use social media whilst in school;
  • engage in my learning and not prevent other students from learning;
  • be resilient and open to new ideas and willing to try new things;
  • treat every lesson as a fresh start;
  • ASQ - Ask Some Questions and for feedback, help and support when I need it;
  • help make sure classrooms and the environment are clean and tidy;
  • walk on the left and not run in corridors;
  • only eat and drink in the canteen or outside and use the bins.

Parent/Carer Promises


Parents/Carers will...

  • take an active and positive interest in my child’s education;
  • encourage and support my child to complete their homework on time;
  • monitor my child’s progress and engage with the school via the student handbook when appropriate;
  • attend Parent Consultation Evenings;
  • encourage and support my child to revise for their examinations;
  • manage my child’s social media usage to ensure it is appropriate and respectful of others;
  • support the policies of KES and ensure my child adheres to them;
  • communicate appropriately with the school on matters of concern;
  • ensure my child attends school regularly (minimum of 97% attendance) and punctually;
  • not take my child out of school for holidays during term time;
  • ensure my child wears the correct school uniform and smart in appearance;
  • ensure my child wears a safety helmet when riding their bike to and from school;
  • ensure the school has up to date contact information for home;
  • encourage and support my child to eat and drink healthily at school;
  • only contact my child during the school day through the main office;
  • speak to all members of staff in a respectful and polite manner.
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