School Ethos and Values

An education that builds character
Our vision is to provide high quality academic and ‘Character Education’ which develops confident young people who are successful learners and contribute positively to society.
At Aylesford School we believe that we should do more than just teach students how to pass exams. We believe we should provide them with the opportunity, and indeed the expectation, that they develop strong character strengths. We work in partnership with parents to help our students develop the courage to persevere at tasks even when they are tough; the confidence to have a voice and to know what is right; the compassion and integrity to put themselves in someone else’s shoes, and to be kind to others. We recognise and reward students who demonstrate our Character Strengths in school. When they also make good progress academically and are on track to reach challenging target grades, they have the opportunity to graduate at the end of each year.

Although character is modelled by teaching staff and opportunities for these is developed in each and every lesson at the end of 2018 we wanted to provide students with a specific opportunity to celebrate character but also to continue to develop the school character strengths right up until the end of the academic year.

This involved a range of activities for staff and students to engage in, including a charity walk to develop self-discipline and compassion, work shadowing to develop confidence and courage and also a STEM focused activity day to develop motivation and curiosity.

Find out what we did for Character Week 2018 by clicking here!
‘Good character is the foundation for improved attainment, better behaviour and increased employability, but most importantly, flourishing societies.’ 
(The Jubilee Centre for Character and Virtues)