Our Values

Hadley Wood School is proud to have been recognised as providing a 'Values Based Education'.


Values-based Education schools seek to promote an educational philosophy based on valuing self, others and the environment through the consideration of an ethical values vocabulary.

Values are principles that guide behaviour and choices.  At Hadley Wood, adults model values and during our whole-school assemblies and PSHE curriculum we discuss the importance of them in developing our moral compass. We believe that this empowers individuals to be effective learners and good citizens. The Values that we teach help pupils develop their character, to know that individual differences should be valued, to be confident learners, reflective and independent thinkers and care for one another.

Our Values-based education philosophy underpins our work to actively promote fundamental British values of democracy, individual liberty, mutual respect and tolerance of those from all faiths, backgrounds and cultures.  A rounded programme of assemblies, PSHE lessons, P4C lessons and circle times promote children’s spiritual, moral, social and cultural development, enabling them to develop their own moral and ethical compass to guide what is right and what is wrong.

Our Core Values:

We have three core school values that guide children’s choices, behaviour and learning.  These values are the basis of all our values teaching and will help children understand connected values.

Our Core Values are:

  • Confident
  • Capable
  • Caring

How we select our wider values:

 In July we held our seventh ‘Children’s Parliament’ virtually, to which everyone who is involved with the school was invited to participate on line. We discussed what we love and celebrate about our school and the things that we think we could improve. We suggested which values we need to put in place to make the changes that we want to see and then voted on them.

These Values have been chosen by carefully observing and discussing which of our previous values have worked well and which ones would develop children the most morally and educationally. Our wider values underpin our work on developing our children’s understanding of our school core values. 

This academic year (2021-2022) our values will be: pride, respect, self-belief, community, perseverance, leadership, equality, curiosity, kindness, teamwork and tolerance.

Our values from previous academic years are shown below: 

For 2020 – 2021 the values were: hope, responsibility, togetherness, kindness, respect, fellowship, justice, thoughtfulness, courage, sustainability and honesty.

For 2019-2020 the values were: respect, ambition, independence, gratitude, consideration, creativity, equality, kindness, confidence, resilience and calmness.

For 2018-2019 the values were: positivity, honesty, resilience, kindness, self-respect, patience, integrity, self-control, responsibility, sportsmanship and loyalty.

For 2017-2018 the values were: politeness, consideration, eco-friendliness, gratitude, determination, British values, humility, patience, calmness, sportsmanship and pride.

For 2016-2017 the values were: commitment, politeness, creativity, generosity, curiosity, teamwork, practicality, responsibility, respect, healthiness and empathy.

For 2015 -2016 the values were: respect, courage, resilience, appreciation, optimism, compassion, responsibility, creativity, co-operation, enthusiasm and tolerance.

For 2014-2015 the values were: ambition, sustainability, loyalty, gratitude, independence, creativity, humour, patience, teamwork and adaptability.   

When you visit Hadley Wood we hope that you will see all of these values in action!

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