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Values and Ethos

Our values are the joint values of the Hawkswood Group of provisions seen below in the attachment. By the time they leave us for either reintegration to mainstream or the next exciting step in their educational journey, we want our young people to be happy and educated with the desire and drive to succeed.

This means:

  • Each student gets the individual care and attention they need to thrive and achieve their personal best with support from an experienced team of mentors and Learning coaches;
  • Teachers bring learning alive and class sizes are kept small with 6-8 pupils in each group;
  • Students participate in a broad range of additional activities, ranging from robotics, employment fairs, horticulture, to set design and music or dance therapy;
  • All students contribute to Burnside life by being encouraged to take on greater responsibility. This may, for example, be through supporting visitors ( recently Princess Beatrice and Holly Branson), engaging in Pupil Voice activities, captaining a sports team ( we have a bid in to set up our own PRU football league) or participation in a wide range of Award initiatives that they contribute to creating themselves;
  • Everyone works together with the aim to sustain a happy, safe and orderly environment. We instil mutual respect between students and staff and have zero tolerance of bullying in any form;
  • We promote high expectations and set standards of excellence using our Growth Mindset principles

Our learning ethos is at the heart of ensuring the achievement and success of all our students and this has been successful in ensuring that over the past few years Burnside leavers attain results in line with their peers nationally.  Learning is highly structured in terms of the learning routines we expect our students to respect and engage in, every lesson fully. The addition of experienced Learning Coaches and mentors in each lesson supports every pupil to overcome barriers to learning.

This high level of structure ensures a consistent approach to how our students learn, and allows the inclusion of all learners, through a personalised approach to teaching, whilst at the same time creating the best possible environment which allows learning and teaching to thrive.

By focusing on the importance of independent as well as group learning, and developing both personal and thinking skills, students learn how to be resourceful, resilient, and reflective learners.  This ensures that students are leaders of their own learning.

British Values

We actively promote and practises acceptance and engagement with the fundamental British Values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs; the students develop and demonstrate skills and attitudes that will allow them to participate fully in and contribute positively to life in modern Britain.

We enable students and staff to develop their self-knowledge, self-esteem and self-confidence as well as encourage them to respect each other and other’s opinions.  We encourage an understanding of right and wrong, taking responsibility, how we contribute to society and being tolerant and highly respectful of each other and our cultural traditions.  This is further promoted in all aspects of our provision, Celebration of Achievement activities and pastoral time as well as across the Curriculum as a whole.