Our intent for every child at Wilsthorpe School is captured by its motto: ‘be the best you can be’.
As soon as you walk through the main entrance and into our wonderful building, you come face-to-face with the school’s mission statement, which elucidates how this simple motto is lived out by our 1,200 students and 120 staff: every student’s time at Wilsthorpe should be “an inspirational journey … in a climate of dignity and respect”. This mission statement, in turn, shapes the two guiding principles that underpin everything we do at Wilsthorpe:
- “An inspirational journey” speaks of academic rigour, attainment and progress. It requires a strong, stable team of highly-qualified teachers and support staff, who are our most valuable resource as a school. It means taking every opportunity for assessment, whether through expert questioning or formal examinations. We call this uncompromising focus on results and high expectations “Excellence in Learning”.
- “A climate of dignity and respect” means that academic achievement can only be built on a firm foundation of positive relationships: with self, others and with the wider world. Our staff aim to be “100% kind and 100% consistent”, to “catch students being good”, to encourage self-discipline and to offer a fresh start when required. We call this approach “Relationships First”.