Sexey's values and ethos

Our values

Our community is based on the Christian values of tolerance, respect and kindness and these values are important to us. We place students at the heart of all that we do. Each student is unique and special and joins us with their own individual skills, qualities and aspirations that it is our privilege and responsibility to grow, develop and nurture.

Our ethos

Sexey’s is a learning community. We are ambitious for our students’ academic achievement. We pride ourselves in our strong staff and student relationships, ensuring that every student feels safe, happy, cared for and valued. Home to school partnership and support are essential in supporting students in achieving their full potential.

At Sexey’s we value the importance of learning through enrichment and extra-curricular experiences and we strive to provide a wide range of diverse experiences to enable students to develop important life skills including leadership, creativity and problem solving.

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 are passionate about preparing Sexey’s students for a life in the ever-changing world of work: ensuring that they leave us with the qualifications, skills and experiences to make certain that they are ready for the next stage in their journey of lifelong learning.

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. 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.