Vision & Ethos

The Values of Oakbank

Integrity, Collaboration, Excellence

We have worked as a whole school community to develop our values of Integrity, Collaboration and Excellence and they permeate through everything that we do as a school.
The details below describe exactly what each of our values mean to us and how we employ them every day throughout the life of the school:


We aim to be truthful and honest in all areas of life, in our work and in our personal lives. When faced with difficult decisions and hard choices, we do the right thing, even in the face of adversity.

10 Behaviours that Signify Integrity:

  1. Taking Responsibility for your Actions

People with integrity choose to do the right thing, even when it’s hard.

  1. Putting the Needs of Others Above Your Own

People with integrity put the needs of others above their own needs or desires. 

  1. Offering to Help Others in Need

People with integrity offer their time to help people in need.

  1. Giving Others the Benefit of the Doubt

Someone with integrity knows that things aren’t always as they seem, they are empathetic and recognise that  that deserves to be heard. They choose to give the benefit of the doubt instead of doubting.

  1. Choosing Honesty in all things

Integrity means being honest, and someone with integrity will live this quality every day. To give you their honest opinion, and it will be a point of view that you can value.

  1. Showing Respect to Everyone

Someone with integrity gives respect to everyone they meet. They know that everyone deserves respect and to be treated well.

  1. Manifesting Humility

A person with integrity will know their strengths as well as their shortcomings. They recognise their strong points, yet they’re always striving to better themselves in some way.

8. Being Able to Admit You Are Wrong

A person with integrity will be able to admit when they are wrong and listen to constructive feedback.

9. Being Consistently Reliable

A person with integrity will always show up to an obligation, you know they will keep their word. Integrity is all about being the best person you can be, and reliability is part of that.

  1. Conveying True Kindness

People with integrity are kind.

 “Real integrity is doing the right thing, knowing that nobody’s going to know whether you did it or not.” – Oprah Winfrey


We believe in the power of working together. We believe in diversity, the power of teamwork and that by working as one we can deliver exceptional results. We aim to use this strength to make sure we are the best school we can be.

9 Behaviours that show effective collaboration:

  1. Involving others

An effective collaborator naturally involves others. They wish to engage everybody in any activity because this supports and develops all involved and creates a true community.

  1. Listening well

Collaboration is a two way process, the listening needs to be just as good as the talking. The effective collaborator listens as well as they talk.

  1. Consulting

Successful collaboration needs connection with others before implementing solutions (formative assessment, student voice, parent forum, staff consultation). Effective collaborators work together to develop the best solutions.

  1. Effective Communication

An effective collaborator has the ability to easily and habitually share information and insights.

  1. A Genuine Interest in Different People and Different Cultures (Diversity)

Collaboration requires the development of effective relationships and an authentic joy in others.

  1. Commitment and Persistence

An effective collaborator is committed to making collaboration work, they never give up and keep on trying to get the relationship to work.

  1. Patience

Effective collaboration takes time and a good collaborator recognises this, they are prepared to nurture relationships in order to develop collaboration.

  1. Taking responsibility and forgiving

Collaboration can go wrong, the effective collaborator understands this and will take responsibility when collaboration they have led has gone wrong and will forgive others when mistakes are made

  1. Being Aware of the Wellbeing of others

The successful collaborator employs the 5 ways to wellbeing: Giving, Being Active, Keeping Learning, Connecting, and Taking Notice

“Every collaboration helps you grow” – Brian Eno


Excellence is internal, contagious and a way of life. One of the key differences between excellence and perfectionism is that perfectionism focuses on the outcome, whereas excellence focuses on the process.

9 Behaviours Required for Excellence

1.Respecting All

Because everyone has worth and potential, everyone deserves respect. However, it’s not enough to have respect for others; you must demonstrate this respect to them as well. 

2.Ambition for All

As well as respecting others excellence requires providing challenge and high ambitions for all, not accepting second best and making sure everything is done as well as it can be.


The best improvements happen when people acknowledge their shortcomings and look for a better solution. Humility involves a willingness to listen and take suggestions from everyone, regardless of that person’s position or status.

4.Seeking Perfection

While perfection may feel unattainable that doesn’t mean you can’t strive for it anyway. When confronted with a problem, look for long-term solutions and always try to simplify your work without compromising the quality of the outcome.

5.Recognising that Learning comes from Failure

Learning comes from constant creativity, experimentation and repeated failure. By systematically encouraging creativity and experimentation, and exploring new ideas, you can encourage others to do the same without fear of failure.

6.Focusing on the Process

When things go wrong, there is a tendency to blame others. When a mistake occurs, rather than immediately finding blame, assess what part of the process the error occurred in and make adjustments to achieve the results you want.

7.Assuring Quality at all Levels

High quality can only be achieved once every part of the process is done correctly. Only expect high quality and don’t accept poor quality work. Sweat the small stuff.

8.Providing Consistency

With everybody working to the same goal, sharing the same values and vision and ensuring that Oakbank is a place to thrive.

9.Valuing Students’ Needs

Understand the needs and expectations of students and making sure these are being delivered

Excellence is not a singular act; it’s a habit. You are what you repeatedly do.’ Aristotle