Ethos and Values

School Ethos
At Bennett we believe that each and every one of our students was created by God for a special purpose. We believe that every child has uncapped potential for both achievement and personal development. Our distinctive approach to education seeks to enable every student to fulfil this unique potential, achieving their utmost both academically and in terms of character. In terms of our Christian values we are committed to the belief that Bennett students must be enabled to live their lives in the fullest way possible. The education students have at Bennett should be better and fuller than they would experience anywhere else. We are committed to supporting and challenging our students so that they genuinely flourish. Our approach to education is therefore, both deeply Christian and serves the common good.

Our curriculum is a traditional one with rigorous expectations that all students can succeed in their study of high value subjects, leading to qualifications with real currency.

Woven into this curriculum and around it are experiences in sport, creative arts, drama, debating, music and worship, which both enrich and complement it. We mean for all our students to grow in appreciation, resilience, spirituality, humility, kindness, confidence and, above all, hope.

Our mission is contained in our motto and the three areas in which it applies. This tripartite vision is inspired by the Trinity: that Christian belief that God Himself is a relationship of dynamic love and has made us all for relationship. In His image, humans bear special value but also special resemblance to his threefold nature: they are body, mind and spirit. We therefore seek to develop the whole person, fostering most crucially that tenacity that never gives up, because God never gives up on us:

Semper Tenax
Excellence, character, service

Semper Tenax: Ever holding fast to what is just, wise and right.
Excellence: we persist in the belief that there is no ceiling to what can be achieved and that the whole community should strive to do their best in their studies and all their endeavours. In being ambitious for ourselves and one another we seek that everyone should flourish.
Character: it is understood that we should always hope. Since all are made in God’s image and valued by him, we seek to develop love for one another and the accompanying virtues that enable this to be effective for our lives and for others.
Service: drawing on compassion, with love, kindness and humility we serve and offer hospitality to all. Jesus’ example inspires and renews us as we do so.

The School Prayer:
Heavenly Father, we give thanks to God for our founders,
Bishop Christopher Chavasse and Lady Elena Bennett, for all who have taught and learned here, for all who needed encouragement and all who have supported them. We commend our School into your hands, we commit ourselves to seek your truth, to live in your way, and to serve your world. May the life and work of this
community be to your praise and glory, through Jesus
Christ our Lord. Amen

Last reviewed: November 2020