Ethos & Values
Our vision is to ensure that each and every child has high aspirations and the opportunity to thrive and achieve their potential at Howletch. We are well known for music and drama and believe in the importance of the performance arts in encouraging creativity and teamwork, building confidence and having fun. Our school orchestra and choir have performed with great reviews at venues such as the Gala theatre Durham and the Sage Gateshead. Similarly in sport we encourage participation as well as competition in many areas such as football, rugby, cricket, tennis, athletics and netball. Our after-school clubs are extensive offering something for everyone from fun and fitness to cookery and gardening.
Our school motto ‘Working together, achieving together’ incorporates the inclusive nature of our school with its EMP Base (Enhanced Mainstream Provision) for pupils with physical disabilities. We encourage all children whatever their specific needs and dreams to make the most of new opportunities in order to equip them to be resilient learners and be prepared for the challenges of their future lives. Our curriculum is based on developing key skills in English and maths and also incorporates a creative, enquiry based topic approach through which the foundation subjects are taught.
We believe that all children learn best when they feel safe, secure, happy and valued. With those things in mind, we strive to provide a caring and stimulating environment with an exciting curriculum which will engage all pupils. We are very proud of our achievements in all areas and also our close community of pupils, staff, parents and governors. We believe very firmly that parents and school must work together for the benefit of each and every child. Families are encouraged to join with us on many occasions – whether to help at school fairs, watching sports teams or to attend one of our many musical or drama performances.