Our Values and Ethos

L.I.F.E - Learning Is For Everyone

Our values and drivers. Every aspect of life at Silverdale is founded on four drivers that underpin our vision. These are core values that have an impact on all people and are really important as we grow and develop as human beings – both children and adults.


Business management. The sky is not the limit! We are educating our children for a future and future jobs that we don’t even know about yet. The way we can do this is to promote resilience and enterprise within our children. This is developed throughout every area of our curriculum and includes:

  • Positive Attitude
  • Teamwork
  • Risk Management
  • Negotiating and Influencing
  • Effective Communication
  • Home/Life Management
  • Careers
  • Initiative
  • Organising and Planning
  • Decision Making
  • Problem Solving
  • Identifying Opportunities
  • Leadership
  • Making Decisions – Ethical and Economic
  • Financial Literacy
  • Product and Service Design
  • Creativity and Innovation

Developing the individual. We have a commitment to enabling everyone to thrive, believing it to be of the utmost importance. It is how we ensure that we harness the very best and most positive possible energy so that our children thrive and flourish now and in the rest of their lives. To do this, we actively develop:

  • Physical well being (including staying safe, diet, exercise)
  • Emotional/mental well being
  • Resilience and how to succeed
  • Developing gifts and talents
  • Happiness
  • Sensory awareness
  • Attitude to learning and life
  • Developing awe and wonder, stimulating and inspiring
  • Self respect
  • Developing a strong sense of self (identity)
  • Spirituality

Our place in society. We believe that fundamental to everyone’s life is a strong sense of community. We focus on:

  • Strong values
  • Moral understanding
  • Law abiding
  • Respect for others
  • School/local/national/ international communities (the bigger picture)
  • Our roles and impact in these communities
  • Social skills
  • Charity work
  • People who help us
  • Tolerance
Our World

Engagement with the environment. We believe we need to be teaching our children about the world around them, the impact that we have on it and the implications these can have. We need to be actively developing our children’s understanding of the important issues in the world today and give them the confidence to consider them and have an opinion. We need to be outward-looking and aware of the speed at which our world is changing, including the virtual world.

  • Environment
  • Environmental issues
  • Topical/news-related issues
  • Endangered species
  • Renewable resources
  • Sustainability
  • Our impact on the world
  • Moral issues and responsibilities