Skinners’ Academy Values and Ethos

Our Ethos:

“Be the best you can”

Skinners’ Academy is a truly great school offering an outstanding, all-round education, and is determined to be one of the best schools in London. We believe that all pupils, regardless of background or ability, should be supported to excel in all that they do.

This page describes the values and ethos of the Academy, including British values which we actively promote.


Skinners’ Academy Values

Inspired by the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic values, the Academy’s values reflect those of the London Games, in a way that is appropriate and authentic to our Academy and serves to contribute to being part of the legacy of the Games. These include:


Friendship – At Skinners’ Academy we value the contribution of others. We aim to make friends and be a good friend to others.

Respect – At Skinners’ Academy we respect each other and respond to our learning activities positively.

Equality – At Skinners’ Academy we believe in fairness and that the diversity of our community gives us strength.

Determination – At Skinners’ Academy we aim high and will not let minor setbacks divert us from our goals. We will always keep trying until we succeed.

Inspiration  At Skinners’ Academy we are motivated by the examples set by our heroes and strive to reach similar heights.

Courage  At Skinners’ Academy we are not afraid to take risks. We actively seek new experiences so that we can learn new skills.

Excellence  At Skinners’ Academy we strive for excellence in everything we do. We want to be the best we can be.


Promoting British Values

Values and Ethos

Skinners’ Academy recognises the multi-cultural, multi faith and ever-changing nature of the United Kingdom. Situated in the heart of the country’s capital city we serve a diverse and exciting community.

“Be the best you can” – our Academy motto reflects our belief that all pupils, regardless of background or ability, should be supported to excel in all that they do. We understand the vital role the Academy plays in ensuring groups or individuals within the school are not subjected to intimidation or radicalisation by anyone wishing to unduly, or illegally, influence them. The Academy seeks opportunities to celebrate our community and their rich heritage from all round the globe.

We follow equal opportunities guidance which guarantees that there will be no discrimination against any individual or group, regardless of faith, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, political or financial status, or similar. Skinners’ Academy is dedicated to preparing pupils for their adult life beyond the formal examined curriculum and ensuring that it promotes and reinforces British values to all its pupils.

The Government emphasises that schools are required to ensure that key ‘British Values’ are taught in all UK schools.  The government set out its definition of British values in the 2011 Prevent Strategy.

The five British Values are as follows, click here for a full explanation of each British value:

  • Democracy
  • The rule of law
  • Individual liberty
  • Mutual Respect
  • Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs