Ethos and Values

“We aim high at Michaela Community School and expect high standards of behaviour and academic effort and achievement from all of our pupils.”

We will enable our pupils to develop the habits of self-discipline. Pupils will appreciate that success needs hard work, however we also ensure that pupils who are struggling to keep up receive the help and support they need to catch up from our teachers.

Our school encourages parental and family involvement. We want parents and carers to play an active part in their child’s education at Michaela Community School and to support our staff as they carry out their responsibilities. We encourage our pupils to take responsibility for themselves and their decisions.

Parents and pupils sign a contract at the beginning of the year and parents are encouraged to come in to school and discuss their child’s progress.

Families must also have high expectations of the school. Michaela Community School staff welcome dialogue and discussion. We are keen to create an environment where we are all working for the betterment of all of our children. The goal is always that excellent behaviour and excellent learning should be second nature, not something that one has to work at constantly; it should simply be the way that we are. This is a state of mind that we want all our pupils to attain and sustain, not just at school, but for the rest of their lives.

Our school day is longer than most secondary schools with extra-curricular activities after school to broaden their horizons and offer additional stretch and challenge.

Michaela has a strict uniform policy and pupils are expected to wear their uniform with pride. Parents are expected to uphold our uniform policy and ensure their children attend school neatly turned out and in full uniform.

We are excited to offer pupils a different eating experience. Rather than canteen provision, pupils at Michaela sit at tables, eating together and engaging in conversation. Children serve food to their classmates, clear each other’s plates and eat the food that they are given. At Michaela we believe that school should develop the whole child. The dining experience at Michaela helps to do exactly that, teaching restraint, respect for others, and ensuring that bullying does not take place in our dining halls. Our on-site chef caters for all food requirements and allergies with a varied and nourishing vegetarian offering, so all Michaela children will eat the food that is provided by the school.

Civic Engagement

At Michaela Community School, pupils are active participants in the whole community. They know how lucky they are, and they are encouraged to think about those outside who are less fortunate.

“Those who bring sunshine to the lives of others cannot keep it from themselves.”
– James Matthew Barrie

We want our pupils to be compassionate, considerate and kind, always looking after those who haven’t been given the same opportunities.

Assemblies often focus on encouraging pupils to widen their horizons. We have visiting speakers to help spark a sense of obligation in pupils towards their classmates and children elsewhere.

Pupil Voice and Leadership

At Michaela Community School, we believe wholeheartedly in building lasting relationships with our pupils, and we hope when they have left us after the Sixth Form, that they will return to visit, to give assemblies, and to discuss ideas about how we can further improve education at the school.

‘Pupil perspective’ is vital and we embrace it. Pupil voice plays an important role at  Michaela Community School. There is a Future Leaders team that leads the student body in many areas. Future Leaders hold various positions of responsibility, helping to organise the dining hall, the library and their fellow pupils. Future Leaders lead conversations at lunch and give assemblies.  Future Leader positions are decided through a rigorous application and interview process.

Our guides also hold a position of leadership, giving guided tours of the school to our visitors and guest speakers.