Our ethos and values

At City Heights E-ACT Academy, we are an academy anchored in the heart of our community – developing tomorrow’s leaders, compassionate and articulate; ready for university or a career of their choice.

Our academy vision is integral to all that we do and is underpinned by our academy values, which are reflected in the actions, decisions and behaviours of our community. They are:

  • Ambition
  • Social justice
  • Pride and professionalism
  • Integrity
  • Respect and responsibility
  • Empathy and kindness

These values are taught through our tutorial programme, assemblies, and day to day interactions with our students, as we develop compassionate and articulate leaders of tomorrow. In addition, as an academy we uphold, model and promote the British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect of those with different faiths and beliefs. These are developed fully in our lesson content, tutor time programme and our weekly assemblies.

Our City Heights ‘DNA’ sit alongside our values. Our ‘DNA’ are the core beliefs which drive our academy and allow us to achieve our vision:

  • Outstanding learning – excellent teaching and learning is the core to all that we do at City Heights. Put simply, ‘the main business is the main business’.
  • All can achieve – we are clear that there are no excuses for underachievement. We subscribe to a ‘growth mindset’ and know that no barrier is too great that it cannot be overcome. Put simply, ‘we don’t do excuses’.
  • High standards in all that we do – we have an unrelenting focus on meeting the highest standards in all that we do. From learning, to behaviour, to attitude, uniform or attendance, we challenge anything that is less than the very best.  Put simply, we are not prepared to lower our expectations of anybody.
  • We all are role models – every member of our academy community is a role model and we all have the opportunity and responsibility to have a positive impact on the lives of others. We give trust and respect at all times regardless of whether it is earned.  Put simply, we ‘walk the talk’ and model the high expectations that we expect of others.
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