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Our Ethos and Values

This document is a record of the Full Governing Board Meeting on Monday 18 June 2018 which was devoted to the discussion of the school’s values and vision. It is a working document: we are now actively seeking the views and contributions of parents, staff and children.


What do you think about the values and the vision we describe below? Is there anything you think we need to add? Is there anything you strongly agree or disagree with? Send your responses to


Our values – the principles that guide our thinking and behaviour



We think carefully about our responsibility to others – this sense of responsibility guides all of our words and our actions. We are responsible to others in how we use technology and how we respond to the world around us.



We demonstrate honesty and integrity in our relationships with others. We act as positive role models in all aspects of our life and relationships.



We are determined to inculcate a joy in learning – not merely enjoyment – for the children and the adults who come to our school. We want our children to acquire a life-long love of learning. We are aspirational about each child’s achievements – whatever their starting point. Our children approach learning with a sense of curiosity and fun: they know that the world is their classroom.



We value everyone’s contribution – we know their opinion is unique. We equip every child with the courage to contribute.



We are a school for our local community and all local families. We welcome everyone to be a part of our school and we want them to have a strong sense of belonging within the community of our school. We are not selective – intentionally or unintentionally.



We set great store by the importance of teaching children the value of mistakes, failure and bouncing back after problems. Resilience is the attribute that will help us meet the challenges that life inevitably brings.




Vision - What will our school look like in five years’ time?


Children who leave Merton Abbey are flourishing as individuals - and they fully understand the value of helping others to flourish too. They are already able to meet life’s challenges with resilience. Pupils achieve extremely well because they are equipped with the right skills and have high aspirations. Children are taught to express complex ideas clearly and articulately when they speak. There is great quality teaching across all the subjects of the curriculum, especially in the creative arts. There is a strong sense of community within the school itself. Families are fully engaged with their children’s learning and the life of the school. The school is linked securely and deeply to the local community. Our children are connected to the cultural life of London – we love being part of one of the world’s greatest cities.

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Information from the school's existing documentation:


The school motto is Working hard and caring for each other. We place great emphasis on teaching children the value of sustained effort and encourage them to approach their learning with resilience and persistence. As well as academic learning, we teach children the importance of social learning: getting along well with others and taking care of one another. This helps us to create a community where everyone feels safe and happy.


Vision Statement

Our vision for Merton Abbey is that all children learn in all classes and have high aspirations for the future. The school community is built on mutual trust and respect where all members value education and endeavour, have high expectations and take part in active lifelong learning. 


Mission Statement

Merton Abbey offers to all children a high standard of academic and social education, enabling and challenging all pupils to reach their full potential.


We provide a safe, secure, stimulating environment in which we encourage all children to value themselves and others; make the right choices and develop into responsible and caring members of society.



  • To deliver an outstanding education both in and outside of the classroom that leads to high academic performance.
  • To demonstrate high expectations and ensure high aspirations.
  • To offer all children access to a broad and balanced curriculum which is child-centred, stimulating and built on practical experiences where possible.
  • To deploy resources to the best effect to improve outcomes for our children. 
  • Enhance skills for a lifetime of learning, particularly in writing, speaking, reading, listening, information and communication technology and mathematics.
  • Provide opportunities to promote the children’s moral and social development.
  • Create a wide range of opportunities to achieve.
  • To work in partnership with our parents and carers and children’s services. 
  • To foster good relationships with the wider community.