Values and Ethos

United Learning Ethos & Values

United Learning is a group of schools committed to providing excellent education through which all pupils are able to progress, achieve and go on to succeed in life. Our approach is underpinned by a sense of moral purpose and commitment to doing what is right for children and young people, supporting colleagues to achieve excellence and acting with integrity in all our dealings within and beyond the organisation, in the interests of young people everywhere. We summarise this ethos as ‘the best in everyone’.



This ethos underpins our core values:



Ambition – to achieve the best for ourselves and others

Confidence – to have the courage of our convictions and to take risks in the right cause

Creativity – to imagine possibilities and make them real

Respect – for ourselves and others in all that we do

Enthusiasm – to seek opportunity, find what is good and pursue talents and interests

Determination – to overcome obstacles and reach success






Our values were selected in consultation with United Learning students and staff across the country. The story of our values is reflective of our mission to put the young people we serve, at the heart of all we do. As a single organisation, we seek to bring together the best of independent and state sectors, respecting both traditions and learning from each.

We believe that each of our schools is and should be distinctive – each is committed to developing its own strengths and identity while sharing our core values as institutions which promote service, compassion and generosity. This ethos is our expression of our Christian roots, in schools which are fully inclusive and both welcome and respect students and staff of all faiths and none.

The Avonbourne Way

We believe that positive learning experiences require a positive culture. We want our students to be able to learn in an environment where they feel safe and happy but are also challenged to be the best version of themselves. Our culture is based upon the seven principles of the Avonbourne Way.

We treat the Avonbourne Way as our behaviour curriculum and believe that it is as important as our academic curriculum. We expect our students to model these behaviours and attitudes, not only in the classroom, but also when in the corridors, playgrounds, sports fields and out in the wider community. We are passionate that our students should not only leave with excellent academic outcomes, but also the values and personal skills that will enable them to contribute to society and live happy fulfilling lives. 




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