Ethos & Philosophy


The key values underlying the school’s ethos are promoted through the expectation of high standards in:

  • Respectful and responsible behaviour
  • Active thinking and learning
  • Sensible care for health and safety
  • Respect for property and the environment


We expect people to address one another politely, to recognise and praise good behaviour, effort and achievement and to listen to one another. We expect pupils to comply with requests and instructions from the adults in school. We expect pupils to understand that their behaviour has consequences. We expect pupils to comply with the school’s structures and routines for promoting good behaviour.


The school’s ethos is promoted in all aspects of its work, beginning with the way people address and engage with one another and through: assemblies; approaches to teaching which aim to raise pupils’ self esteem; promoting co-operative and inclusive activities in the playground; structures and routines such as lining up quietly before moving through the school; the Code of Conduct drawn up annually by the pupils through discussion with teaching staff; Personal Social and Health Education (PSHE) lessons.


The school aims to be a thriving, happy specialist school for pupils with literacy difficulties, offering intensive education for up to 55 day pupils aged between 7 and 16 years of age.
We use research led best practice methods to support our learners.

Mission Statement

Within a friendly, caring environment, Holme Court pupils are encouraged to develop the social responsibility and independence of thought that will equip them for the challenges of a changing world.

Everyone has talent; we aim to provide the opportunity for each individual to excel so that self-esteem can be enhanced.

At Holme Court School we value:

  • Each individual.
  • High standards, to support pupils in reaching their potential whilst developing the confidence and independence of mind to be true to themselves.
  • The celebration of all personal success and achievement.
  • Tolerance and respect for others and the development of social responsibility and integrity.
  • Commitment, enthusiasm and self-discipline.

At Holme Court School we will provide:

  • A rounded education, encompassing both academic and extra-curricular activity.
  • A warm, supportive and co-operative environment encompassing staff, pupils, parents and the community.
  • A variety of opportunities for every pupil to discover an individual sphere of excellence and thus be challenged and inspired.
  • Teaching the necessary skills which will enable pupils to engage in lifelong learning.