Hoe Valley School has quickly built a culture of high aspiration, rigour and openness. Visitors to the School often comment on the positive atmosphere at HVS which permeates from the staff and students and on the excellent behaviour displayed. Our mantra is ‘no wasted learning time’ and as you walk around the School you can see this in all lessons. The students are incredibly proud of the School and hold one another to account.
We have appointed exceptional teachers who know every child at the School individually and we will not compromise on the quality of teaching. We do not use cover teachers or agency staff. This means all of our teachers know how to motivate their students and how to bring out the best in them. All of our staff, including our administrative team, are committed to ensuring that there are no ‘lost’ or ‘average’ students and that the many talents our students have are identified and nurtured.
We have a vertical house system and our students receive house points which feed into individual and collective prizes and rewards. Attendance, effort, progress and attainment are all recognised in the Head Teacher’s weekly assembly where ‘scholars of the week’ are announced. The students celebrated in our assembly are published on our website and in our Friday email to parents.
Students have a tutor who is responsible for their academic progress and pastoral wellbeing. They ensure students are organised and prepared for their learning and often teach them for their project based learning, PSHE and Citizenship. They are also the first point of call for parents who wish to contact the School.
Our approach to behaviour for learning was designed with the students and is based on the principles of choice, respect, individual responsibility and providing opportunities to ‘fix’ problems to access a fresh start. The image of a circle underpins the policy where students enter each classroom with a full circle. Poor choices cause a gap in the circle. Students are able to close the circle by addressing what went wrong, accepting the consequence and by therefore wiping the slate clean.
|C – Courtesy||Model the behaviour expected of others in terms of consideration, professionalism, trust and respect|
|I – Integrity||Fair and honest, trustworthy, committed to earn success through hard-work|
|R – Resilience||Overcome adversity to achieve success, accept consequences of mistakes and move on|
|C – Community||A strong sense of responsibility to the community and the local environment for its residents|
|L – Leadership||Show leadership in thought and action, being open to new ideas and having high expectations of themselves and others|
|E – Enthusiasm||A positive attitude towards life, passion, curiosity and a lifelong love of learning|