Vision and Values

Our Core Values

King Edward VI School has been in existence since 1550. We have always held close to a set of principles – standards which govern what we do and how we operate. As a Church of England School, we cherish and celebrate life in all its fullness. We actively promote the well-being, hope and dignity of all members of our school and the wider community

Below are our three core values. These are the things we hold most dear;


As a truly inclusive school, we understand and value the rights, feelings, beliefs and wishes of others. Thus we live honestly, with civility, tolerance and social conscience. We are truthful, kind and we care for each other.


In an atmosphere which encourages a deep love of learning, we all aim to be the very best we can be. Thus we are ambitious, courageous, determined, and resilient and we believe that anything is possible.


We are an inspirational and outward-looking community. We seek to create opportunities, both in and out of the classroom, for students and teachers to thrive for the rest of their lives.

Our Vision

As a Church of England School, our vision embraces the spiritual, physical, intellectual, emotional, moral, cultural and social development of children and young people. Our vision is rooted in our values of respect, aspiration and creativity.

What follows sets out our vision for the school we will be in 2020.

We will achieve this vision through the implementation of our Strategic Objectives and School Development Plan.

  • We will be a school where, through our creation of opportunities for children and adults to thrive and be the best they can be, students achieve the very best outcomes they can.
  • We will be a school which is proactive in seeking out and developing new and innovative ways to attract, retain and develop the very best teaching and support staff. We will enable our staff to flourish in their roles.
  • We will be a school where there is consistency in everything we do. We will recognise and celebrate innovation and diversity in teaching practice, whilst setting clear expectations to ensure that students benefit from a rigorous and consistent approach to behaviour for learning, information and guidance, and pastoral care.
  • We will be a school where we have successfully completed the transition from a 13-18 Upper School to an 11-16 organisation working in tandem with a brand new Sixth Form Centre.
  • We will be a school which nurtures partnerships with local, national and international agencies and through this we will have improved the educational opportunities and well-being of our students and staff.
  • We will be a school which, through our close partnership with local primary schools as well as Abbeygate Sixth Form Centre, enhances learning throughout our community.
  • We will be a school which is distinctly outward-facing and forward looking, helping our young people succeed in an ever-changing world.
  • We will be a school which has found innovative ways to make the most of our available resources, and to create more, in order to deliver the best we can for those in our care.