Minerva Learning Trust

Ethos


High Storrs has a long and rich history, and we are known for our broad curriculum and excellent outcomes. We believe that we are a community that focuses on the right things and that the foundation of High Storrs is to regularly express who we are, rather than produce long lists of what students should not do.

In September 2018, we embarked on a consultation of staff, students, parents, carers and governors about our values and what we stand for. 348 people engaged with the survey and as a result, we developed our values statement. This embodies what we are here to do.

Our values statement states that “We are High Storrs. We are here to learn, success and thrive. We are respectful, safe and responsible.”

We are proud of our broad and rich curriculum and we focus on those things that make a difference to learning and helps students to succeed. We encourage our students and staff to go beyond life in the classroom to ensure they thrive through our extensive extra-curricular offer and continuing personal and professional development. We help children build learning skills for life through our Attitude to Learning (A2L) criteria, meaning that they leave with skills that will help them continue learning beyond life here, as well as the best set of outcomes possible. We encourage students to express themselves in a respectful way, we work hard to make our community a safe and happy place to be (and work hard to create a Covid-secure workplace). Finally, we promote responsibility towards ourselves and others


Our students are treated with respect and are expected to respect school rules and each other. This enables everyone to enjoy a positive working environment where the most productive learning can take place.

Claire Tasker Headteacher

High Storrs Vision - Unlocking Potential

High Storrs is a school that has the respect of the city and beyond because it unlocks five key elements which enable students to achieve their potential:

Key 1: Excellent citizenship.

Our students and staff are cared for, respected and encouraged to experience a sense of belonging. This nurture enables them to become resilient, reflective, creative team players with the confidence to improve society.

Key 2: High achievement and progress for all students.

This is secured through outstanding teaching, celebration of achievement and developing self-confidence and independence.

Key 3: Creativity, leadership & accountability.

Staff and Governors understand their leadership role and deliver creative learning consistently well. This is developed through the school’s relentless belief in high quality training and systems which promote accountability and leadership opportunities for staff and students.

Key 4: A learning school community.

The school is responsive to its own needs and the needs of other professionals and schools through its impact within the network of teaching schools.

Key 5: Making a difference through excellence.

Our consistent sense of purpose and ambition are underpinned by a belief that we can make a difference for students through improvement and the pursuit of excellence in partnership with parents.