Encouraging excellence, valuing people



South Charnwood is an 11-16 mixed, comprehensive, secondary school of approximately 844 pupils from diverse cultures and backgrounds.  We work as an optimistic, affirmative learning community, seeking continuous improvement. We particularly value high academic achievement and pupils’ success in terms of personal growth and confidence.


We work with pupils to:

  • Ensure they feel safe and happy at school.
  • Ensure they fulfil their potential and achieve high standards in all areas of the curriculum.
  • Enable them to become self-reliant lifelong learners.
  • Foster powers of imagination and creativity; of questioning and reasoning.
  • Promote good citizenship, encouraging responsible and compassionate attitudes towards all members of the community and helping pupils to become tolerant citizens without prejudice.
  • Help them identify enduring moral and spiritual values and help them to develop their “moral compass”.
  • Appreciate that all people are different and all are worthy of respect.
  • Develop self-esteem and confidence in all pupils as well as sense of pride – in themselves, their school and their community (local, national and global).

 To achieve our aims we will provide:

  • A secure environment in which each individual is cared for and valued.
  • Stimulating and challenging learning opportunities.
  • Strong support for developing basic skills in literacy and numeracy.
  • Opportunities to work both independently and co-operatively.
  • Strong encouragement and clear guidance on how to improve continuously.
  • Opportunities to care for, work for, and share with, others.
  • Opportunities to wonder, to speculate and to experience a sense of awe and appreciation.

  To demonstrate our commitment to these aims we will:

  • Monitor and evaluate our practice and strive continuously to improve it.
  • Invest in quality training and career development for all staff in line with the School Development Plan.
  • Invest in and improve resources for learning.
  • Develop strong links with parents and the wider community.
  • Develop inclusive strategies to involve all pupils in their educational progress and attainment.
  • Maintain productive liaison with primary schools and providers of further education.



  We believe in:

  • Education.
  • Fairness.
  • Respect.
  • Honesty.
  • Equality of education and opportunity, regardless of social or cultural background, origin, religion, gender or disability.
  • High standards.
  • High expectations.
  • Working together.
  • The principle that everyone has a part to play in the success of the school.
  • Educating the whole person within a supportive and challenging environment, which encourages risk.

  We believe that:

  • Everyone should be valued for themselves.
  • Pupils will reach their highest level of personal achievement.
  • Pupils will achieve the highest academic standards of which they are capable.
  • Everyone is important, and should be treated with respect.
  • Communication is the key to success.
  • School should be a safe and happy environment.
  • Conflict can be resolved sensitively.
  • Schools should prepare pupils for the challenges that they might face in life.
  • Schools should encourage pupils to have faith in their own convictions.
  • All pupils should be given the opportunity to fulfil their potential.
  • Every young person can do a little more than they thought they could.

We consider it important that:

  • We provide a safe and secure environment in which to learn and develop.
  • Pupils feel valued and secure.
  • Pupils can achieve success in individual terms.
  • Staff and parents share the same vision for the education of their children.
  • We listen to each other.
  • Learning and teaching is enjoyable.
  • A range of opportunities be provided for all pupils wherever their talents may lie.
  • Pupils fully appreciate their responsibilities within the school and the wider community.
  • Pupils develop positive, social, moral and spiritual values.
  • The school community works as a whole, to ensure that everyone feels valued for their contribution however small they may feel it is.



At South Charnwood High School we strive for, and encourage, excellence in all aspects of education.  Academically we endeavour to ensure that all pupils reach their full potential and that no pupil underachieves.  We also strive for excellence culturally, doing all we can to ensure high participation rates in extra-curricular activities and celebrating quality performance.  Socially we endeavour to provide opportunities for our pupils to grow into caring, tolerant responsible citizens without prejudice.  We help them to show initiative, curiosity and compassion for others and to have high self-esteem, self-worth and self-respect. 


We work towards a high local and national profile.  We want South Charnwood to be renowned and respected in Leicestershire and beyond, for the quality of the education it provides.  We want staff, pupils, governors, parents and all those involved to be proud of the school.  National recognition enhances the reputation of a school and we work towards achieving national awards.


The school ethos is very much based on value and respect for all.  The necessity of establishing good relationships at all levels is accepted and we appreciate that these relationships are built on mutual respect and not fear.  Praise has a vital role to play in the process.  Pupils achievements are celebrated and rewarded and they are encouraged and motivated to do their best.


South Charnwood is a learning organisation where teamwork is vital.  Teams provide strength and support.  We encourage staff to be reflective practitioners evaluating their work and striving to improve.  The school aims to be strong on self-review, avoiding complacency.


To achieve our aims we recognise the importance of the working and learning environment and the necessity of high quality facilities and resources.  We will strive to ensure that the school is a safe, comfortable and stimulating place devoted to learning and the development of the young people in our care.


Despite its rural location we want South Charnwood to be at the heart of the community it serves, a place of learning, enjoyment and relaxation, and of educational excellence, lifelong learning and community spirit.


We recognize the necessity of working together with our feeder primary schools, partner schools and other outside agencies of the local community. 


Please click here to read our Equality Statement