School Ethos

‘Simon Balle’ has a unique ethos which is highly visible.  Ethos means ‘what it is like here’ – really like – even when people are not putting on an act; or behaviours.  Our ethos is linked to our values.  We believe that everyone is special and can contribute to the life of our community.

Some people describe our ethos as ‘holistic’, where we look at developing and respecting the whole individual in order for them to play a full role in our global environment.

We have a strong moral purpose and believe that everyone should not only take responsibility for their own actions but model those behaviours they expect to see in others.

The values we promote are:-

  • Honesty
  • Openness
  • Social responsibility
  • Hard work and commitment

and we expect to see

  • self help and self responsibility
  • an understanding of community
  • equality
  • a common purpose


Ofsted 2013 – “Students have exceptionally positive attitudes to learning as a result of the school’s outstandingly positive ethos”.