Hello. It is my privilege to welcome you to St Hilda’s. My name is Jo Code and, as headteacher, I would like to give you an insight into what makes St Hilda’s so amazing. As the only co-educational 11-18 Church of England school in Liverpool, St Hilda’s is unique. Our students, staff and modern, purpose built facilities in the leafy setting of Sefton Park make St Hilda’s a wonderful place to learn.
Our Vision – our guide for life’s journey
Every parent/carer and child when considering their choice of secondary school would rightly expect: excellence in teaching, impressive examination results, experienced pastoral care and high standards of discipline to be a given. At St Hilda’s this is certainly the case, but the ability to help students realise their full potential and develop a quality of character that prepares them for life’s challenges requires a more thoughtful approach to education; an approach born out of a passionate belief that there is no limit to what St Hilda’s students can achieve. But what drives this belief?
A devotion to our Christian values is what drives this belief. Our Vision contains five Values that underpin everything we do:
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.
We believe these five Values; Wisdom, Hope, Community, Dignity and Equality, help nurture positive, respectful relationships and instil a confidence that inspires our students to grow in faith, act with personal integrity and embrace learning. As a result, aspirations are high and our achievements are many. We cherish these Values because they help make us who we are and, more importantly, enable us to make a difference no matter what the challenge! And that is why St Hilda’s is unique!
Our five Values drive everything that we do and, in fact, our students chose the fifth value of Equality. Their recognition of the fact that we are all important and all have a role to play was one of the high points of my career.
Student voice is also very important at St Hilda’s and our School Parliament gives all of the students the chance to be a part of the decision making here.
Alongside excellent teaching and learning, the pastoral system underpins all that we do. We have a house system here at St Hilda’s because it is really important that all students have a sense of belonging, not just to our larger school and our larger family, but to smaller families within it, in our houses. No child should feel lost or forgotten in a school. Once again our students were involved in who we named our houses after, and they voted for the five people who we know fulfil our five values through their actions. Our prospectus has more details about who these five people are; so please make sure that you read it to see why Margaret Aspinall, Gee Walker, John Alexander Brodie, Kitty Wilkinson, and William Roscoe are so important to us as a school and as a St Hilda’s family. To view the prospectus, please click here.
We are, unashamedly, a Church of England school. We talk about our faith, we make sure there are lots of opportunities for worship and we have a very passionate and vibrant student worship team. We Connect, We Reflect and We Gather together on a daily basis. So what is our Vision for our prospective St Hilda’s students? It is really quite simple, we want the very best for them with Christ as our Cornerstone and our Vision that we wrote together sums that up nicely. We are the St Hilda’s family, with Jesus Christ as our Cornerstone, building on the 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.
I do hope that you enjoy your visit to our website and find the information of interest. I also hope that you gain a good insight into who we are at St Hilda’s and why we are a successful school with such successful students, who are able to make a positive contribution to our community and beyond.
BA (Hons), NPQH, FCCT