Committed to excellence in teaching and learning
Epsom and Ewell High School is committed to excellence in teaching and learning. We believe that there are 4 important building blocks to achieve this and that by excelling in all, we will achieve our core aim.
EEHS has a strong tradition of growing its own leaders. This is possible due to successful in house leadership programmes and a commitment to accelerated career development at all levels.
For the 2018/19 academic year, we have increased our leadership team. This will enable us to drive forward the strategies that we have previously introduced and allow us to be more outward looking in terms of supporting the local community and promoting our achievements.
The school has created its own learning identity called deep learning. Students are encouraged to use higher order thinking to develop their skills of analysis, application, creativity and evaluation.
This will be essential if we are to prepare our students for the rigours of the new more difficult GCSEs. The focus for the 2018/19 academic year will be to embed deep learning so that it becomes ‘the way’ students learn at Epsom and Ewell High School.
The quality of teaching at the school has consistently been graded as good or better in externally verified teaching and learning reviews.
The training that teachers receive is high quality and relevant with a sharp focus on improving the experience for students in the classroom.
To improve teaching further, we must differentiate our training and development of teachers so that staff have the opportunity to finely tune certain areas of their practice.
Epsom and Ewell High School is the first school in the UK to achieve the Schools Mental Health Gold Award.
We were awarded the gold standard because of our fully comprehensive support and education programmes that have broken down the stigma surrounding mental health. As a result, we have created a school environment where students and staff are confident to fulfil their potential both in and outside of the classroom.
British Values at Epsom & Ewell High School
The Department for Education state that there is a need “to create and enforce a clear and rigorous expectation on all schools to promote the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.”
The government set out its definition of British values in the 2011 Prevent Strategy and these values were reiterated by the Prime Minister in 2014. The Government emphasizes that schools are required to ensure that key ‘British Values’ are taught in all UK schools.
Schools, through their curriculum, are legally bound to actively promote the fundamental British values:
- Democracy – Respect for democracy and support for participation in the democratic process
- The rule of law – respect for the basis on which the law is made and applies in England
- Individual liberty – support and respect for the liberties of all within the law
- Mutual respect – respect for all
- Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs – tolerance of different faiths and religious and other beliefs
At Epsom & Ewell High School these values are reinforced regularly and are taught through our broad, balanced and enriched curriculum.