Values and Ethos


We believe that everyone, no matter what their age, race, sex, gender reassignment, religion, beliefs, sexual orientation, disability has the right to a first class education.  We know that every child and young person is unique and may need to access education in a different way to others. Our bespoke education programmes are developed to support each child and young person to progress educationally, whilst show-casing their own individual talent.

Mutual Respect

We believe that mutual respect is the recognition that each person in a relationship has valuable contributions to make. We believe that respect is earned, not commanded by authority, title or threat. We encourage everyone at The Lighthouse, whether staff or student, to spend time listening and trying to understand other people's views.  Politeness is at the heart of everything we do and as a staff, we model the desired behaviours of care, consideration and kindness.


We believe that in order for our young people to grow they need to trust in us and what we are doing.  We know that this is not easy for many children but we take a step-by-step approach which enables our students to learn how to trust through a process that enables them to connect with their inner voice and feelings and honour them. Learning to trust themselves if the first step in a long journey that allows them to trust in others.

British Values

We promote fundamental 'British Values' through our spiritual, moral, social and cultural (SMSC) education which underpins and permeates through the school's curriculum and supports the development of the whole child.
We recognise that such development is most successful when those values and attitudes are promoted by all the staff and provide a model of behaviour for our pupils.

The curriculum in all phases offers broad and balanced opportunities and incorporates:-
  • Democracy
  • Rule of Law
  • Individual Liberty
  • Mutual Respect
  • Tolerance of different faiths and beliefs


The Lighthouse has a strong commitment to the personal and social development of all pupils. The school vision, ethos and values, supports spiritual, moral, social and cultural development in all students. 

Spiritual development is when we:

Explore beliefs and experience; respect faiths, feelings and values; enjoy learning about oneself, others and the surrounding world; use imagination and creativity; reflect. 

Moral development is when we:

Recognise right and wrong; respect the law; understand consequences; investigate moral and ethical issues; offer reasoned views. 

Social development is when we:

Use a range of social skills; participate in the local community; appreciate diverse viewpoints; participate, volunteer and cooperate; resolve conflict; engage with the 'British values' of democracy, the rule of law, liberty, respect and tolerance. 

Cultural development is when we:

Appreciate cultural influences; appreciate the role of Britain's parliamentary system; participate in culture opportunities; understand, accept, respect and celebrate diversity.

In our school, SMSC development is evidenced by:-

  • Taking part in a range of activities regarding social skills

  • Developing an awareness and respect for diversity

  • Developing and appreciation of theatre

  • Developing an understanding of right and wrong.

  • Developing the communication skills to make choices about likes/dislikes in school then in wider community visits.

  • Taking part in sporting opportunities.

  • Taking part in cultural opportunities.

  • Taking part in artistic opportunities.

SMSC is embedded throughout the curriculum at The Lighthouse. This integrated approach ensures that aspects of SMSC is considered in all subject areas.