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Sexey's values and ethos

Our values

Teaching children to think intelligently, act wisely and be fully engaged in a challenging and changing world.

Our community is based on the Christian values of tolerance, respect and kindness and these underpin all that we do at the school. We show care and consideration for others at all times and respect their personal integrity and their property. We do all that we can to support each other to achieve our maximum potential and enjoy a sense of security, well-being and happiness while at the school.

Our ethos

Sexey’s is a learning community. Whatever the raw ability of our members, we believe we all have the capacity to grow and develop and that this happens in a nurturing and safe environment. We aim for the highest academic standards and recognise the importance of academic achievement, both for its own sake, and because high level skills and qualifications are vital in a complex, changing, and increasingly competitive world.

In addition to the stress on academic work, we want all talents (artistic, musical, sporting, dramatic etc.) to be developed to the full. Every opportunity is given to all members of our school to discover and develop whatever talents they have to the highest level of which they are capable.

We foster high self-esteem through a ‘can-do’ approach to life. Praise and encouragement to believe that anything is possible is the rule.

As a school with a large number of boarders, we are first and foremost a community. All members of staff are expected to support the community ethos of the school and the need to provide a wide range of extra curricular activities for the pupils, and to support their personal and social development as individuals and as members of the wider community of which the school is a part.

We welcome the involvement of parents, governors, friends, and former pupils and staff in the development of the school. Believing that it is important to prepare our pupils for the world of work and for their responsibilities as citizens, we develop qualities such as leadership, self-discipline and self-reliance, coupled with the ability to work effectively in teams and to empathise with the needs of others.

At Sexey’s traditional values are important and as such the School Song, the national anthem and the school anthem (Jerusalem) are integral to school events and acts of collective worship.

Our spiritual focus

Sexey’s is a Church of England school and our values are broadly based on the positive aspects of the Christian ethos. However a Sexey’s education is very much focused on the holistic development of the person and students are not dogmatised but encouraged to seek their own answers to questions concerning religion, life, self and their place within the bigger picture.stained glass window of a cross from Sexey's Sanctuary

Sexey’s has it’s own chaplaincy team who are always available to meet and discuss with students who wish to explore aspects of faith or spiritual issues. The school also has its own purpose built chapel, known as ‘The Sanctuary’ in the Rex Waller building, where students are able to spend time in quiet reflection or take part in services.

We have close links with both the Diocese of Bath and Wells and St Mary’s Church in Bruton, with all boarders attending regular sunday services there. Through the year we run confirmation classes and less formal Youth Alpha courses for those who want to find out more about Christianity. The chaplaincy team also run weekly meetings for students who want to develop their faith.

Rev. Justin Bailey from St Mary’s sits on the school’s governing body and takes an active role in the school’s chaplaincy team.

Whilst Sexey’s is a Christian school in ethos and values we believe in freedom of thought, and opportunities for self development through experience are paramount. As a result we are open to the exploration of all ideas and attempt to promote an environment in which students feel safe to explore their spiritual and emotional needs as they search for meaning, joy, contemplation and connectedness as part of their initiation into adult life.

Promoting Christian values of compassion, empathy, mindfulness and altruism empower our students to forge positive relationships and engage meaningfully with the world beyond Sexey’s.