Ethos and Values


Our school’s vision is to provide an excellent education in a safe supportive learning environment, one where people are valued and make positive contributions to the school community, and where students go on to become responsible, independent members of society.

Underlying our vision are five aims:
Social and Moral Development

We focus on empowering our students to succeed in all aspects of life. Our care for your child and their social and moral development is our primary concern. You will receive 6 communications a year with regards to progress and you will be invited to a Parent Consultation Day each year to discuss steps forward with subject teachers. In addition, Year 7 parents will be invited to a Tutor Evening to check that all of our students have made a positive transition from Primary to Secondary school.

We also provide a wide ranging programme of activities and dedicated days to ensuring that our Year 7 and 8 students work well with each other and are gaining the skills they need to ensure they are fully prepared for their GCSEs and have an excellent grounding in numeracy, literacy and thinking skills.

High Academic Standards
We are dedicated to ensuring that all of our students leave our school with the qualifications, skills and experience they need to be successful. All students are set challenging, personal targets based upon previous attainment and teacher assessment that are constantly reviewed and communicated to parents. Our teachers regularly assess and monitor progress to ensure students reach their full potential across the entire curriculum.
We enter students for their GCSEs based on ability rather than their age. This has proved highly successful; allowing our students to gain GCSE grades as early as Year 9. This gives our students the experience of what is required when they step up to Key Stage 4.

Wider Opportunities to Achieve

We have a huge programme of opportunities beyond the timetabled curriculum; we do not see these activities as extra-curricular but as an essential element to our philosophy of offering the broadest possible curriculum. This curriculum includes opportunities as wide ranging as performing a play in London’s West End, to representing the school in regional sports leagues, to having a piece of writing published.

Preparing for a Lifetime of Learning
We aim to instil students with a love of learning; to prepare them for challenge but also for change; to teach them to value questions as much as answers and to understand that we are all learners. We are preparing students for life at a time where change will come ever faster and where the ability to be flexible and respond to challenge will become ever more important.

Innovation and the use of Leading Edge Approaches to Teaching and Learning

Our progresso system allows you to easily keep up to date with your child’s attendance and to view progress reports and a range of information showing the achievements of your child. Our classrooms are well resourced, with state of the art interactive whiteboards which allow our teachers to deliver engaging, outstanding lessons.

Debden Park High School is an Academy within the Kemnal Academies Trust and we work as part of a family of schools to raise standards and to enable students to achieve and surpass their potential.

In conclusion, together we will ensure students are given the educational opportunity of a lifetime. To equip our students for the future is our most vital task. At Debden Park High School we are fortunate to be able to have the very best facilities to do this. The investment we have had has been enormous – but we firmly believe that our students are worth it.

We are proud to affirm that our children are our future.
Christian Cavanagh