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​​​​​​​Our Vision and Values

Since joining the Trust, after a number of years of underperformance, leaders including governors, staff and students with support of the parents and our community partners have secured a relentless drive for rapid school improvement. Our ambition is to be a high performing, over-subscribed school.

We are committed to:

  • Ensuring young people and adults are fully invested in learning through the inspirational teaching of an inspiring, knowledge rich curriculum which secures excellent outcomes and positive progression routes for all (no one left behind)
  • Recruiting, developing and retaining a talented workforce which strives for excellence and invests in young people and the community to be the best they can be.
  • Ensuring young people cultivate their character to develop the skills and qualities to be successful learners and responsible citizens
  • Promoting traditional values of good manners, courtesy and politeness
  • Developing a culture of investment: ambition, consistently high expectations and standards that resonate through everything that we do
  • Invest in and enjoy purposeful and supportive collaborative relationships to achieve excellence in all we do

In consultation with our students, parents and governors we deliver our commitment through our key drivers:

The Highest Standards

Always set and deliver the highest standards: never settle for less.

Never Give Up

Resilience is essential: self-belief drives improvement

Everyone is Valued

We are unique individuals working together to be the best

No Excuses

Create solutions not excuses

Invest to Achieve

Care about the now: create the very best for your future

Cultivate your Character

Qualifications open doors; your character gets you through them


Who is Sir Thomas Wharton?

Sir Thomas Wharton was born in 1615 in the county of Westmoreland, the Sir Thomas Whartonsecond son of Sir Thomas Wharton and Lady Philadelphia Carey. The Whartons are descendants of Gilbert de Querton who was an officer with William the Conquerer in 1066.

Sir Thomas was created Knight of the Bath in 1626 and served in the army for 20 years in Ireland. In 1659 he was elected Member of Parliament for Westmoreland and supported the restoration of the Monarchy in 1660.

He married twice and in 1662 he purchased Edlington where he and his family lived. He had a passion for education and gave to the poor of Edlington by paying a Master to teach them to read and write and providing apprenticeships to local boys.

He died on 30th October 1684 and is buried in Edlington.

"A person of good breeding and great courtesy"

Jane Dand - Second wife to Sir Thomas Wharton.

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