Our Ethos

Welcome to The James Hornsby School website and thank you for taking the time to read about our school.

The James Hornsby School’s ethos and values can be articulated in one word: family. We live out this ethos in everything we do for our young people. Having a family ethos means that we care deeply about the achievement and well-being of our students; it also means that we have very high standards and expectations for every student and that, through our superb college system, we know each young person individually.

Indeed, as a father of three children, I lead the school through the eyes of a parent and use the expectations I have for my own children’s education as a standard for educational excellence at The James Hornsby School.
We place a high value on developing students into well-rounded, successful young adults that are confident and articulate and have grit to work hard and excel when the going gets tough. In order to achieve this, we ensure that students engage in wonderful opportunities, from: participating in drama and music productions and national speaking competitions; competing in district and county sporting events; winning national science competitions; experiencing new cultures and adventures on inspirational trips; and graduating from our Children’s University as future leaders.

As an Exeter University accredited Thinking School, and as a gold award winning Investors in People school, we ensure that lessons are inspirational and challenging, taught by highly skilled and well trained subject experts that are passionate about their subjects. Students have the very best teachers and benefit from excellent facilities, including a swimming pool and rock-climbing wall set in twenty six acres of grounds.
As a school with a distinctive family ethos, students receive a great deal of care and guidance. Every member of the James Hornsby family is a member of a college: Apollo, Atlantis, Discovery and Endeavour. Each college is run by a senior member of staff, a Head of College and also a non-teaching Achievement Officer. Siblings are part of the same college, enabling the college teams to get to know each family and ensuring high-quality pastoral support for students and their families.

I hope that this website provides you with the information you need and signposts you to key staff to contact for further information.

Yours sincerely,
Mr J Carey
Headteacher