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Vision & Ethos

Dear Parents / Carers

As Headteacher I am immensely proud of the school and the quality of education it provides. Our aspirations are for the school to ‘Be Outstanding’ in all facets of our provision.  There should be no limit to the level of achievement possible for each and every student. The school caters for students of all abilities from Oxbridge applicants to those with special educational needs.  The recently added ‘Proud to be me, Proud to be us’ motto is creating an highly inclusive culture in which all students thrive.

Our aim is to ensure that The Joseph Whitaker School provides an outstanding level of education, a school that the community can be proud of. We want every pupil to achieve the highest possible academic outcomes and this is our number one priority. We know that this will only happen by providing the highest standards of teaching and pastoral support. We are also extremely proud of the wide range of opportunities we provide and we continue to value students’  achievements across a variety of areas, including sport, the performing arts and in the wider community.

Expectations of staff, students and parents are high. In accepting a place at The Joseph Whitaker School you are automatically agreeing to our policies and practices. Students must also take personal responsibility and realise that the levels of effort and commitment they show will be reflected in their final examination outcomes.  We maintain a well ordered and calm environment with high standards of dress. Students are expected to be polite and courteous at all times. Visitors frequently comment on the ‘community feel’ of the school and the friendliness of the students.

The school has been Ofsted graded Good since 2010, most recently in March 2019, and outcomes remain consistently high in comparison to national standards.  We became a part of the East Midlands Education Trust (EMET) in September 2016. The talents of schools together become greater than the sum of their parts and collaboration between the Trust schools is reaping rewards.

Achieving the best possible examination outcomes, having the necessary employability skills and becoming good citizens are the three key objectives we would want to be measured against.

Please do not hesitate to contact the school if you would like to visit and see the school in operation.