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Ethos, Mission and Aims

Our Ethos

The vision of the Founders of Withington in 1890 was of a school which would provide for girls and young women opportunities for learning, academic, personal and social, which would inspire, empower and equip them for their future lives so that no doors would be closed to them. Over 130 years later, this commitment to equality, to the value of learning and to social responsibility is as relevant as ever.

At Withington, we aim to create an environment in which all pupils are supported and encouraged to reach their full potential, academically, socially and personally. True to our founding principles, we are a school where the pleasure of learning is its own reward and no academic prizes are awarded. The Withington ethos recognises that understanding the value of learning and knowing how to learn sustains and enriches us throughout our lives.

The golden rule of respect for self, respect for others and personal responsibility underpins our school community where diversity is celebrated, teamwork valued, and every pupil is encouraged to play her part, older pupils and alumnae providing inspiring role models.

Combining a wealth of extra-curricular activities with an exceptional academic experience, each girl has the opportunity to develop her talents, skills, interests and character, as well as a strong sense of responsibility which extends beyond the classroom and into the wider world.

Mission Statement

Withington Girls’ School is committed to providing the highest standard of education and care for all its pupils both within and outside the classroom, together with excellent facilities for teaching and learning. Through the provision of a wide range of extra-curricular activities we seek to ensure that girls have numerous opportunities to develop teamwork, leadership, responsibility and service, in order to prepare them, not only for outstanding academic success, but also for life beyond school. We strive to encourage all our pupils to achieve their full potential in every sphere, and to become mature, independent learners who can face with confidence the challenges and opportunities of adult life in the 21st Century.

Aims of the School

1. To create a caring and supportive environment in which every member of the School community, pupils and staff, is well known and well supported, and where individual needs are met wherever reasonably practicable

2. To provide consistently excellent teaching throughout the school and across a broad and balanced curriculum, to help girls of above national average academic ability to achieve an exceptional standard of achievement and learning; to foster an intellectual curiosity, a love of learning, independence of mind and a sense of individual responsibility

3. To provide opportunities for teamwork, leadership and community service through the provision of the broadest possible range of curricular and extracurricular activities

4. To encourage every girl to acquire the skills, confidence, knowledge and experience to extend her aspirations and realise her potential in terms of spiritual, moral, social, cultural, intellectual and physical development

5. To encourage respect for self and others, acceptance of responsibility for one’s actions and an awareness of, and sensitivity to, the needs of others within the School and local communities and globally; and to provide all pupils with an effective preparation for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of life in British society

6. To provide accurate, up-to-date and impartial careers guidance to enable all girls to make informed choices about a broad range of careers options and to prepare them effectively for higher education and future employment

7. To ensure that the school has a robust financial base to withstand external challenges and has sufficient funding to maintain/add to existing buildings and to enhance the facilities and infrastructure in order to facilitate excellent teaching, learning, social interaction, extra-curricular activities and community links with a key focus on the environment and sustainability

8. To maintain and increase the level of means-tested bursary support to secure the social and economic diversity of the school community, with the eventual aim of needs-blind admissions

9. To maintain and develop strong links with parents, former members of the School, local community and businesses

10. To develop the positive profile of the School, locally, nationally and internationally, so that the school’s ethos, qualities and characteristics are celebrated

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