The Ethos of our School

Woodside School promotes learning for life.

We are an inclusive, aspirational learning environment where children, families, staff, governors and the wider community learn together in an atmosphere of co-operation and tolerance.

As a community we promote self-discipline, understanding, empathy, co-operation, perseverance and independence. We encourage a culture of high standards, achievements and expectations. We aim to develop the full potential of every individual.

Every child brings valuable experiences and strengths to our school. We build on these by offering a curriculum that is stimulating, accessible, challenging and differentiated to meet the needs of all children.

We provide an open, stimulating environment in which every child feels safe, valued and happy. We encourage parents and the wider community to take an active interest in the education of all of our children and to feel an ownership of their school.

Our ethos forms the core of our planning and teaching. Our teaching is our ethos in action.

The Aims of our School

  • To create an inclusive culture of achievement, high standards and high expectations
  • To promote the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of all of our children.
  • To create a stimulating school environment where children feel valued and safe. Bullying is not tolerated.
  • To enable all children to use language and mathematics effectively.
  • To ensure that all children have equal access to effective teaching and learning in all areas of a rich, broad, balanced curriculum.
  • To develop sensitivity, friendliness, courtesy and tolerance towards others.
  • To help children develop lively, enquiring minds, the ability to question and discuss rationally and to acquire knowledge, skills and understanding relevant to a fast changing world.
  • To be a school dedicated to self-evaluation, ongoing review and continuous improvement.
  • To work in partnership with parents/carers and our immediate and wider community for the greater benefit of all children’s education.
  • To empower every child to fulfil his/her potential.

At Woodside School we are committed to equal opportunities in learning and employment for all members of our school community and those receiving services from the school. We promote inclusion and equality and strive to challenge discrimination in all forms. Our commitment to challenge discrimination and promote equality for all is demonstrated through our:

  • Ethos
  • Aims
  • Equal Opportunity Policy
  • Race Equality Policy
  • Social Inclusion statement
  • EAL policy
  • Disability Equality Scheme
  • Access Plans

The range of activities detailed in our Gender Equality Scheme clearly demonstrates our commitment and determination to promote gender equality.

This Scheme will be regularly monitored, reviewed and developed in line with our core values, user feedback, best practice and legislation. We are confident that during the next three years, by progressing the actions in our Scheme, we will make accelerated progress in further promoting gender equality within our school community.

Under our gender equality duty all schools we must take action to

  • eliminate unlawful discrimination and harassment
  • promote equality of opportunity between men and women.

We take positive steps to address gender inequality but we understand that there are many barriers that prevent children and staff from achieving and making the most of the opportunities we make available.

Factors such as ethnicity and social class also impact on the achievement of boys and girls. This scheme supports our work tackling these many factors that affect pupil attainment.

To promote gender equality it is vital that the differences between male and female experiences, attitudes and achievements in schools are understood so that our policies and practices can begin to break down these barriers where they might exist.

This scheme sets out the work we will take to promote the gender equality duty over the next 3 years that will:

  • eliminate unlawful discrimination and harassment
  • promote equality of opportunity between men and women
  • result in improved outcomes for girls, boys, male and female staff and parents/carers in all aspects of school life, in the wider community and in employment.

Key gender issues for all those working with children and young people

We set out five areas of outcomes in which to improve the life chances for all children and young people. These outcomes have significantly different dimensions for girls and for boys.

  • Be Healthy
  • Stay safe
  • Enjoy and achieve
  • Make a positive contribution
  • Achieve economic well being


  • Take a key role in shaping the values and attitudes of children and young people and take a lead in challenging gender based harassment, bullying and violence and stereotyping
  • Take action to challenge gender stereotyping in subject choice and careers advice as a key part of our whole school curriculum
  • Include the gender equality duty in the way we plan for school improvement
  • Build on our positive work around the Healthy Schools initiativ
  • Investigate and address complaints of any forms of bullying and/or harassment
  • Monitoring, review and evaluation
  • Evaluation and review of this scheme will be carried out in line with our school improvement plan.
  • The work identified in this scheme will be included in our school improvement plan.
  • Monitoring and review of the scheme will be done as part of our self-evaluation as progress towards meeting this duty is a key part of school performance.

This scheme will monitor by gender in a range of areas including:

  • pupil achievement
  • exclusions
  • recruitment, retention and career development of disabled staff
  • participation

Reporting on progress

This scheme will be reviewed annually and the main findings will be reported to parents in the school profile and to the full governing body.