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Aims, Ethos & Values

Dronfield Henry Fanshawe School has agreed upon a strategic vision which will shape the future development of the school. This will enable us to draw up a three-year strategic plan designed to achieve the vision by 2021. This is currently being reviewed as the time period comes to a close. The vision is outlined below:

Strategic Vision 2018 - 2021

Dronfield Henry Fanshawe School will provide a high quality educational experience by striving to demonstrate exemplary practice, ensuring all students achieve qualifications which support access to meaningful progression routes and acquire the necessary knowledge, skills and aptitudes for education, employment and adult life, within a caring and supportive environment.

This exemplary practice will be characterised by:

  • The development of students into happy, safe, healthy, confident, articulate and independent learners who are able to access successfully appropriately varied, rich and coherent learning pathways
  • An outward-looking approach to working with parents, carers and the wider community and in developing partnerships which benefit all learners
  • Standards of progress and achievement across the school which ensure that all students make expected progress and many exceed national expectations
  • Teaching which is good and much that is outstanding in all lessons
  • A care and guidance system, which supports learning and progress and which encourages high aspirations among all students
  • A whole school approach to the celebration of diversity and equality leading to the absence of any negative attitudes towards others on the basis of gender, religion, ethnicity, sexuality or any other characteristic
  • Coherent strategic planning and self-evaluation to support further school improvement
  • Curriculum design that is stimulating, challenging and relevant for students of all abilities and which enables students to achieve above appropriate national indicators at the end of each key stage
  • Students who are active in their local community, prepared for their role as future citizens and are fully aware of the opportunities of the global environment
  • Widely distributed leadership which provides clear direction, appropriate challenge and effective support for school improvement
  • A professional learning culture, which encourages all staff – both teaching and support – to seek continuous improvement and share best practice
  • The development of a vibrant and engaged community, including alumni, for the benefit of existing and former students, staff and families


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