Values and Aims

By reducing barriers, we will expand horizons

At Woodeaton Manor School we acknowledge that the journey we face together can often be fraught with highs and lows. We acknowledge and respond to the challenges that our pupils and parents/carers face. We nurture the uniqueness and intrinsic value of all our pupils whilst working in partnership to achieve appropriate and positive outcomes for all, securing a positive way forward for their future – ‘Just because you have a diagnosis, does not mean you cannot be successful’.


Definition: the regard that something is held to deserve; the importance, worth, or usefulness of something.

  • Our pupils and families come first. We work hard to develop and build caring relationships and collaborative partnerships.
  • Our staff and governors have a drive and determined ambition to provide the best education for all – we will continually improve and develop the quality of our provision.
  • Our school is innovative and forward thinking. We challenge each other to bring fresh thinking and respond to change.
  • We are building a culture of achievement and success.
  • Our school is run democratically with pupils, staff, parents/carers and governors making decisions together, promoting justice, fairness and equality in all areas of our school life.
  • Together we raise aspirations for independence and life-long learning – we have high expectations of our pupils’ achievements.
  • The foundation of our teaching remains sensitive, positive and flexible, maintaining high expectation within a calm, structured environment.
  • Small teaching groups help to facilitate the implementation of bespoke programmes and we provide a personalised and pupil-centred approach to learning.


‘British Values’

‘Fundamental British Values’ are:

  • Democracy
  • The rule of law
  • Individual liberty
  • Mutual respect for and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs and for those without faith


How does Woodeaton teach this?

  • Enable pupils to develop their self-knowledge, self-esteem and self-confidence
  • Enable pupils to distinguish right from wrong and to respect the civil and criminal law of England
  • Encourage pupils to accept responsibility for their behaviour, show initiative, and to understand how they can contribute positively to the lives of those living and working in the locality of the school and to society more widely
  • Enable pupils to acquire a broad general knowledge of and respect for public institutions and services in England
  • Further tolerance and harmony between different cultural traditions by enabling pupils to acquire an appreciation for and respect for their own and other cultures
  • Encourage respect for other people, and
  • Encourage respect for democracy and support for participation in the democratic processes, including respect for the basis on which the law is made and applied in England



Definition: To have the intention of achieving

  • To acknowledge and address the diagnoses of our pupils and its impact on them as individuals and learners.
  • To provide an education that develops pupils’ self-confidence, their strategies and skills for successful learning and their ability to use them in all aspects of life.
  • To promote a positive and friendly atmosphere within an 'open door' environment.
  • For all pupils to have access to a rich, varied and challenging School, Residential and outside of school-hours curriculum, one that motivates pupils and fosters enjoyment in learning and develops lively enquiring minds, instilling a positive attitude towards life-long learning, to enable each individual to fulfil their potential and prepare them for life.
  • To provide a safe, supportive yet challenging environment in which all members of the school community are valued, respected and are enabled to succeed.
  • To support our pupils, and their wider network, to develop a positive self-identity where they can gain self-confidence through their own emotional, social and academic development.
  • To encourage integration within the wider community, including re-integrating pupils in to their families, local community and where appropriate mainstream school suitably equipped with the relevant life, social and academic skills.



Core values help us to understand whether we are on the right path and fulfilling our aims. They are our guiding principles for action.

Woodeaton Way focussing on the well-being of our community

Openess and honesty

Ownership and responsibility of actions

Diversity and individuality

Expect the best


Team work

Outstanding opportunities



Woodeaton considers that ‘working in partnership’ is the key to success.

Parents, Carers, pupils, Governors, outside professional agencies, the community (local and beyond) and all the staff at Woodeaton have a crucial contribution to make. It does need to be recognised that without mutual support and a genuine respect for each other, then our aims may not be met in full.