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Aims, Values & ETHOS
- To provide a happy and caring environment in which to learn and work where each member of the school community is personally valued and where pupils are able to develop self-respect and self-control.
- To challenge all pupils to the full realisation of their talents/potential.
- To enable pupils, through a demanding, broad and balanced curriculum, to achieve as high a level of success as possible in public examinations.
- To help pupils acquire attitudes and skills relevant to their adult and working life especially those related to independent thinking, and be able to adapt confidently to a changing society.
- To develop physical and social skills, an aesthetic appreciation and an understanding of health, hygiene and environmental issues.
- To encourage moral and Christian values consistent with a Church of England School.
- To engender respect for and tolerance of others - regardless of differences of race, disability, sexuality, gender, culture or religion.
- To encourage pupils to work together and participate fully in the life of the school and the wider community.
- To help develop an understanding of the world in which we live, the interdependence of individuals, groups and nations and an appreciation of human achievement and aspirations.
We are proud of the students at Debenham High School and we expect them to take a pride in everything that they do. We have high academic standards, a strong pastoral system and clear and fair discipline. Students are expected to work hard, give of their best and become involved in activities beyond the classroom. We aim to maintain a professional and well-equipped environment that sets the tone for learning.
Students develop their talents within and beyond the classroom. Those soft skills of communication, teamwork, resilience and adaptability are equally as important as academic success. Those who are involved in activities outside the curriculum are often the most successful within their studies. That is why we provide a range of extra-curricular learning opportunities at Debenham High School. Various orchestras and ensembles allow students to hone their musical talents. Through our house system, clubs and school teams there are many chances of participating in sport at a variety of levels. There is a flourishing Duke of Edinburgh award scheme at both bronze and silver level. Our annual school play is a dramatic highlight of the year. These are just a few of the activities that we provide to enrich the educational experience of our students.
All students have the chance to demonstrate responsibility and develop leadership skills during their time at Debenham High School. Year 11 prefects and House Captains are highly valued and take an active role across the school. However, we believe that it is not just Year 11 students who can take the lead: an established system of peer mentors from Year 9 support Year 7 students in their first year at the school; literacy leaders work alongside younger students to support their reading and writing; sports leaders lead activities with primary school students; Student Year Leaders take assemblies and organise charity events. At Debenham we believe that students can learn much from each other; as well as from their teachers.
We know that if students are to achieve their best, preparation starts early. We work closely with our feeder primary schools to make the transition to Debenham High School as seamless as possible. A number of our teachers work alongside our primary colleagues to ensure that we know what they have studied and how they learn best. Through a comprehensive liaison programme that includes taster lessons, science change days, shared music events and athletics festivals, Year 7 start in September familiar with the school and with each other.
Students and staff alike continuously reflect on what they do and consider how to improve. It is an increasingly competitive world and we are committed to ensuring that students leave us with an excellent academic profile that will enable them to achieve and enjoy success in their future careers.
Our examination results consistently place us amongst the very best schools. For the last two years we have been recognised by the Department for Education as one of the top one hundred performing schools in the Country.