School Aims & Values

COOPER SCHOOL works within the local community to prepare and motivate all its students to develop their full potential as individuals and as members of society.



· To develop enquiring minds and a spirit of curiosity

· To strive for excellence in all they do

· To become highly motivated lifelong learners

· To achieve the highest possible standards in all curriculum areas

· To participate in a variety of extra curricular activities

· To be able to work independently as a member of a team

· To demonstrate high standards of self discipline, behaviour and dress

· To have high self-esteem, respecting themselves others and the environment

· To be flexible and adaptable for modern life and work

· To develop a sense of belonging to the school and the wider community

· To represent the school’s shared values in their own lives


We believe each student will succeed through experiencing quality in:

· a broad balanced and challenging curriculum accessible to all

· an enriching programme of extra-curricular activities and visits

· a safe, healthy and stimulating environment for learning

· a rich varied and up to date range of learning resources

· innovative and varied teaching methods which encourage student participation

· an ethos of support, challenge and encouragement to succeed

· learning partnerships between school, home and the community

We demonstrate our commitment to working as a learning community by:

· striving for continuous improvement in all we do

· working together towards common goals

· encouraging all at Cooper School to take a part in running it

· encouraging everyone involved in Cooper School to further their personal and professional development

· monitoring and reviewing the school’s own practices

School Values

What makes The Cooper School distinctive?

· Our good reputation locally means that we are consistently oversubscribed in every year group, year on year

· We have high expectations of student commitment to learning in lessons and high expectations of student progress, driven by an aspirational culture

· We have high expectations of staff development, empowering leadership at all levels based on quality and aptitude, with committed and collaborative departmental teams

Quality Teaching and Learning

·  The TCS Core Expectations define the framework for high quality teaching and learning across our school, supported by weekly briefings, T+L blog and CPL teams which staff all join

·  Professional development for all staff is responsive to need and shares best practice through collaborative training

·  Students confidently develop skills for life such as problem solving, team working and creative, collaborative thinking alongside the use of technologies to support learning

·   Visitors to the school regularly report an impressive, purposeful learning culture in lessons based on respect and aspiration

An Aspirational Culture through Character development

·  Students are encouraged through an organised and strategic approach to character development that helps them take responsibility for themselves and our school community

· We focus on both performance and moral values so that students can be academically successful and can develop the character needed to maintain meaningful relationships in their future

·        Every adult takes responsibility for developing student character by modelling and explicitly encouraging respect, self-discipline, courage, motivation and resilience

Personalised Support and Guidance for Welfare and Attainment

· High quality pastoral support provides personalised support for students’ learning and welfare

· We value collaborative partnerships with parents via our Student Support Managers and pastoral teams

· The curriculum offers broad and balanced learning pathways which provide good progression opportunities that avoid narrowing student choices as much as is possible; their progress is tracked and reviewed with an emphasis on aiming high and support is put in place for students to achieve their goals

Aspirational futures: Citizenship

·       Students are encouraged to aspire to futures in jobs, apprenticeships or universities which will enable them to maximise their potential.

·       Students are encouraged to proactively support charities and causes and issues that matter to them

·       An understanding of different cultures, values and faiths promotes tolerance and respect for difference and an understanding of the world

Respectful behaviours

·  Students are encouraged to show respectful behaviours towards each other, adults and the school environment supported by a character development and PHSE programme where such values are explored

·  Staff model the positive behaviours expected of students as role models and guides, in order for students to feel the benefits of a mutually respectful culture

·  Where students make mistakes in their behaviours, they are dealt with fairly and reasonably, according to the school’s values

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