Values & Ethos

Reviewing Aims, Vision and Ethos March 2018




At Kerr Mackie, children are at the heart of what we do and our vision is to grow learners and achievers who will be the makers of their own destiny.  


In order to enable every child to achieve their potential, we believe that a positive and welcoming ethos promotes confidence and self-belief. 


We believe that learning should be fun, purposeful and challenging and through positive attitudes and partnerships we endeavour to develop the whole child, meeting individual needs in a safe and secure environment where differences are celebrated.


By working alongside our parents and carers we can ensure that together we really will achieve more for their children. 


We foster strong and varied behaviours for learning so that children are eager to learn, to see mistakes as learning points and to thrive on success achieved. We want Kerr Mackie to be a school where teaching is exciting but challenging, enabling all children to work to their highest potential. We recognise that all adults are learners too and we seek to develop our understanding and use of the very best in educational theory and practice plus foster effective partnerships with other schools.  




The school aims, to which we all aspire, are: 

  • To ensure that our pupils feel safe and secure and enjoy coming to school;

  • To encourage confidence and high aspirations so everyone realises their full potential and talents; 

  • To promote children’s self-esteem, their rights and responsibilities;
  • To promote a love of education for all learners and to equip them with the tools to take ownership of their own learning;
  • To have high expectations for all within our community to develop understanding, acceptance, equality and empathy;
  • To deliver a high quality teaching and learning experience for our pupils that promotes high standards and accelerated progress for all;

  • To develop readiness, responsibility, resourcefulness and resilience in learning; 

  • To help each child adopt healthy lifestyles with a sound knowledge and understanding of the factors that affect their physical and mental health and emotional well-being;

  • To positively encourage parental and community involvement in all aspects of the life of the school;

    To work in local, national and global partnerships in order to celebrate diversity, strengthen curriculum links and promote an awareness of the wider world.