AIMS OF THE SCHOOL
The educational aims of George Abbot School are based on the fundamental principle that the education of each student is of equal value. The overall aim of the school is to promote excellence, personal achievement, and the realisation of each student’s potential, irrespective of gender, race or cultural background.
To achieve this overall aim at George Abbot School, we endeavour:
to provide each student with the opportunities to develop intellectually and to build the academic foundations required for his or her future life;
to provide a broad, balanced and relevant curriculum differentiated according to the needs of students, encouraging lively, enquiring minds, self-confidence, initiative and independent learning;
to provide all students with those basic and transferable skills needed for effective living in a rapidly changing world, encouraging lifelong learning;
to provide a safe and secure environment in which each student can develop as an individual and as a member of a caring community;
to promote involvement with the social and economic community outside the school;
to provide a professional and satisfying working environment for all staff, in which there will be opportunities for professional and personal development;
to promote a culture of continuous improvement in all aspects of school life.
The school seeks to achieve these aims through its provision for the academic, personal and social development of students. Progress will inevitably be one of staged growth, with individual needs varying at different key stages.
As a community school, we at George Abbot embrace our school motto ‘non sibi sed toti’ – not for oneself but for all.
Staff, students, parents and Governors were asked to identify what they believed to be the core values that George Abbot strives to uphold and, following significant discussion, the eight identified below were agreed. These values have been displayed around the school buildings and it is hoped that this will help students gain a deeper understanding of what our values mean, and be inspired to adopt them personally in their day to day activities and relationships in school.
At George Abbot we trust you to do what is right and to treat others as you would wish to be treated
“You cannot change the circumstances, the seasons, or the wind, but you can change yourself. That is something you have charge of.”
Jim Rohn, Entrepreneur and Author
At George Abbot we want you to achieve your very best at all times, be creative, take risks and persevere
“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.”
Aristotle, Greek Philosopher
At George Abbot we care about others and give encouragement so that all can succeed
“Kindness is a language that the deaf can hear and the blind can see.”
Mark Twain, Author
At George Abbot we believe that who you become is as important as what we achieve
“You can’t put a limit on anything. The more you dream, the further you get.”
Michael Phelps, Olympic Swimmer
At George Abbot we celebrate diversity and value all equally
“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”
Maya Angelou, Author and Poet
George Abbot is your school, respect it, enjoy it and welcome everyone into it
“How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.”
Anne Frank, Diarist and Writer
At George Abbot we respect the past and look forward to the future with a focus on courage, honesty, justice, fair treatment, kindness, compassion and respect
“When tradition gathers enough strength to go on for centuries, you don’t just turn it off one day.”
Chinua Achebe, Novelist and Poet
At George Abbot School, we believe that we have to give respect to everyone in our community and we will receive it in return.
“Respect is a two way street. If you want to get it, you have to give it.”
R.G. Risch, Author