Values and Ethos


We are proud to be a UNICEF Gold Rights Respecting School


At Summerhill, children come first and our priority is to deliver high quality teaching and learning whilst at the same time providing rich and truly enjoyable learning experiences for our community of children. Everything we do as a school is to ensure that the children achieve their very best. We are deeply aware that children only get one chance at their primary education and it is our job to ensure that they all reach for the highest levels of personal achievement and development. Through inspirational, inclusive and academically-challenging learning opportunities, Summerhill Primary School pupils develop as curious, confident, competent and aspirational young citizens of the world. As members of the wider Summerhill community, pupils are supported to be responsible, respectful, and resilient individuals.

We want every child to be successful; to reach for success from the very first day they join us and throughout their school lives so that when they leave us, they have a love of learning for the rest of their lives.

The Summerhill Family places our pupils and families at the heart of everything that we do. Our ethos is a promise to all pupils, staff and parents at Summerhill that:

  • We believe in you.

  • We trust you.

  • We listen to you.

  • You are cared for.

  • You are very important to us.

  • You will be able to handle challenges.


To be proud of our community, our school, our achievements and our peers

To develop a culture where we take appropriate risk, understanding this is how people learn, grow and achieve things they thought were too difficult

To provide a relevant, broad and balanced curriculum which promotes spiritual, moral and physical development of each pupil and meets the needs of all children.

To offer all children equal access to the curriculum and school life in the community where individual differences are appreciated, celebrated, understood and accepted;

To value, listen to and act upon the voice and views of our children.

To provide a happy, caring and well ordered environment for every child regardless of gender, ethnicity, cultural background or disability, built upon mutual respect.

To encourage children to become good citizens, by developing caring attitudes and respect towards themselves, other children, adults, their school and their community;

To provide a safe environment which gives highest regard to the well-being of pupils.

To create an understanding of community and diversity which is enriched through the curriculum, visits and meetings with members of local, British and the global community

Encourage each individual to take responsibility for his/her behaviour and to act as a good role model to others.

To achieve beyond expectations

We believe these aims will develop us spiritually, morally, socially and culturally, therefore helping to prepare us for the next challenges and opportunities in our lives.