Our Ethos and Values


We wish to see young people in the Fernhill community gain knowledge, confidence and lifetime skills and reach their full potential in an inspiring and caring environment in order to enter the next phase of their lives as positive contributors to society and as responsible and self-confident citizens.

Leadership of the school, Teaching and Learning and care for students is based around the principles of Value and Values, Choices and Choice.


We aim to ensure that every young person learns to appreciate the VALUE which education can bring, both to their enjoyment of learning, understanding of the world around them and to their future employment prospects.


Decisions around what we teach and how we manage the behaviour and expectations of our young people are ALWAYS based around the following School VALUES:

  • Respect 
  • Teamwork 
  • Hard Work and Resilience 
  • Friendship and Kindness 
  • Ambition 
  • Community
  • Equality 
  • Honesty

Our Values were chosen and voted upon by students and staff - they are at the core of Fernhill School's 'DNA'.


School life at Fernhill is a reflection of adult life. Teaching young people to make the right CHOICES is vital. What is acceptable and celebrated in the real world will be welcomed and rewarded in school. Behaviours which are unacceptable in the adult world will be addressed and sanctioned in school.


Our young people are encouraged to gaze into their metaphorical crystal ball and think not about their expectations at age 16 or 18, but about the job, relationship, house and car they might like when they are 25. Our curriculum is rich and offers choice - embracing it will bring empowerment and give our learners a CHOICE of personal and vocational paths in their short, medium and long term future.