Our Ethos



At St Hilda’s, we are educating for

  • Wisdom
  • Hope
  • Community
  • Dignity
  • Equality

These 5 important values underpin the decisions we make, both operational and strategic.

Alongside the 5 values, we also have our vision, self-evaluation and our school improvement plan.  None of these stand alone.  They work together to ensure that we at St Hilda’s do our very best for our students and they have a positive experience, fulfilling their potential both academically and personally, celebrating our Christian distinctiveness.


Our Values as a Church School

Educating for Wisdom

Good schools foster confidence, delight and discipline in seeking wisdom, knowledge, truth, understanding, know-how, and the skills needed to shape life well. They nurture academic habits and skills, emotional intelligence and creativity across the whole range of school subjects, including areas such as music, drama and the arts, information and other technologies, sustainable development, sport, and what one needs to understand and practise in order to be a good person, citizen, parent, employee, team or group member, or leader.


Educating for Hope

In the drama of ongoing life, how we learn to approach the future is crucial. Good schools open up horizons of hope and aspiration, and guide pupils into ways of fulfilling them. They also cope wisely with things and people going wrong. Bad experiences and behaviour, wrongdoing and evil need not have the last word. There are resources for healing, repair and renewal; repentance, forgiveness, truth and reconciliation are possible; and meaning, trust, generosity, compassion and hope are more fundamental than meaninglessness, suspicion, selfishness, hardheartedness and despair.


Educating for Community

We are only persons with each other: our humanity is ‘co-humanity’, inextricably involved with others, utterly relational, both in our humanity and our shared life on a finite planet. If those others are of ultimate worth then we are each called to responsibility towards them and to contribute responsibly to our communities. The good life is ‘with and for others in just institutions’ (Paul Ricoeur)5. So education needs to have a core focus on relationships and commitments, participation in communities and institutions, and the qualities of character that enable people to flourish together.


Educating for Dignity

Human dignity, the ultimate worth of each person, is central to good education. The basic principle of respect for the value of each person involves continual discernment deliberation and action, and schools are one of the main places where this happens, and where the understanding and practices it requires are learned. This includes vigilant safeguarding. It is especially important that the equal worth of those with and without special educational needs and disabilities is recognized in practice.


Educating for Equality

We chose our 5th value as a school.  Looking closely at educating for dignity And respect, we wanted to ensure that we continue to celebrate each other’s individuality and not judge others.  We are a diverse community, both culturally and spiritually, but we acknowledge our differences and respect each other.  In our latest Ofsted report, this was highlighted as a particular strength: ‘This is a school that values individuals. Its ethos recognises that everyone is different but equal. Pupils feel safe and valued for whom they are’.


Our Vision as a Church School

It was important that all of our stakeholders were able to contribute to the vision of our school.  The vision has to reflect Christ as our cornerstone and his teachings.  All staff, governors, students and parents have been asked to write and comment on our vision.

We are the St Hilda’s family, with Jesus Christ as our cornerstone.

Building on foundations of wisdom, hope, community, dignity and equality, we nurture and support one another to be our very best.

We rejoice in our diversity and celebrate our many achievements.


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