Message from the Chair
The official written version of what Caedmon College Whitby is all about is as follows, with a final paragraph from me which I believe is very important for everyone to know.
Our mission: ‘creating a climate for learners to grow in and to be the best they can be’
Our aims: to enable our students to develop a real love of learning, through quality teaching and learning in a safe environment. We will provide learning that students value and which brings out the best in them. We wish to motivate young people to succeed, both now and in the future, and to achieve their personal best. We aim to give our learners the best chances of happiness and fulfilment in their adult lives. To do this, we will offer the best possible opportunities for effective personal development and conditions which support positive well-being in a ‘happy College’.
This is what we believe in
- Students have a duty to apply themselves to their learning and personal development, making the best use of all the support and opportunities available to them; effort is paramount.
- The College staff and governors a duty to create conditions conducive to successful learning and personal development, meeting, to the best of their ability, the needs of the full range of learners, using all available resources as effectively as possible and safeguarding students. Consistency and fairness is embedded through our ‘House Style’.
- Parents have a duty to work with the College to support the successful learning of their sons and daughters, through challenge and encouragement
- All members of the College community have a duty to develop, both in themselves and in others in the wider community, the positive strengths and values. These include: creativity, open-mindedness, understanding, knowledge, persistence, integrity, kindness, fairness, leadership, forgiveness, modesty, self-control, appreciation, thankfulness, optimism, humour, trust, courage, hope, tolerance, love, responsibility, humility, peace, cooperation, patience, generosity, and the Olympic values of friendship, excellence and respect.
Excellence: this value stands for giving your best, on the field of play or in the professional arena. It is not only about winning, but also about participating, making progress against personal goals, striving to be and to do your best in our daily lives and benefiting from the healthy combination of a strong body, mind and will.
Friendship: this encourages us to develop mutual understanding among individuals and people from all over the world. The Olympic Games inspire humanity to overcome political, economic, gender, racial or religious differences and forge friendships in spite of those differences.
Respect: this value incorporates respect for yourself, for others, for the rules and regulations and the environment. Respect also stands for fair play and for the fight against unethical behaviour.
- These values will be developed by using them overtly to remind ourselves of how we would like to be and providing focus for all our aspirations.
Having vision, values and high expectations
The College lives its values. Everyone matters; the Headteacher develops every student but it is clear that we all – students and staff – have responsibilities as well as rights. We feel trusted and respond to this. The culture encourages innovation and experimentation but never allocates blame. If something does not work out or targets are not met, the leadership seeks to know how they could have supported the person better. The result is a staff team that works extremely hard in an appreciative and encouraging environment and students who understand exactly what is expected of them at College. Small things matter; staff are smartly dressed as professionals, and students reflect as well as respect this. Everything is done to “Olympic Standards”, consistently, relentlessly and simply, but in a civilised way and without tensions stemming from the self-belief and professionalism of all who work in the College and with commitment to these values.
College Governors and leaders subscribe to the following pledge (which drives our mission and vision, as set out above):
- our leaders will develop with others a clear vision and lived culture
- in challenging times, we will have optimistic but not naïve leadership
- we believe that leadership is not the prerogative or role of a single individual – the leadership talents of all are needed if real sustainable progress is to be made
- we believe that leadership should be visible, engaged and authentic
- our leadership is increasingly about influencing, coaching and steering rather than directing
- authoritative leadership which is not authoritarian will be delivered
Having set out to achieve this, you also need to know that Caedmon College Whitby is a ‘Good’ school (Ofsted, Oct 2013). It is a very calm and respectful place to study and work; staff and students enjoy being together each day and what students achieve is above the national average. Visitors are welcome any time; we just ask you contact us to book a visit – do come along and see us at work.
Chair of Governors