Character Education


In the ever changing wider world, our students not only need academic success but also fundamental skills such as: resilience, confidence and independence but also teaching the importance of both physical and mental wellbeing. These opportunities help young people to explore and express their character and build the skills they need for resilience, empathy and employability. At the heart of Slough and Eton’s ethos is the ambition that all students will achieve well and go on to lead successful and fulfilling lives.  Our Christian vision I have come in order that you might have life – life in all its fullness (John 10:10) is underpinned by our mantra: Work Hard, Be Nice, No Excuses and the Christian Values of mutual respect, tolerance and understanding.  We use the acronym C.H.R.I.S.T. to exemplify the attributes we aim to develop in our students (Communication, Honesty, Respect, Initiative, Success and Tolerance)

 We prepare our students for life in modern Britain by:

  • Equipping them to be responsible, respectful, active citizens who contribute positively to society
  • Developing their understanding of fundamental British values
  • Developing their understanding and appreciation of diversity
  • Celebrating what we have in common and promoting respect for the different protected characteristics as define in law.

Our provision aims to develop our students’

  • Ability to remain motivated by long-term goals, to see a link between effort in the present and pay-off in the longer-term, overcoming and persevering through, and learning from, setbacks when encountered
  • Learning and habituation of positive moral attributes, , for example, courage, honesty, generosity, integrity, humility and a sense of justice through our C H R I S T values
  • Social confidence and the ability to make points or arguments clearly and constructively, listen attentively to the views of others, behave with courtesy and good manners and speak persuasively to an audience through our Orcay programme
  • Appreciation of the importance of long-term commitments which frame the successful and fulfilled life through our Christian vision, “Living life in all its fullness”, for example to spouse, partner, role or vocation, the local community, to faith or world view. This will help our students to put down deep roots and gives stability and longevity to lifetime endeavours.

Living life in all its fullness

Students are encouraged to take part in a wide range of activities and experiences across and beyond the curriculum, contributing fully to the life of their school and the local community. In doing so they learn to recognise their own worth, work well with others and become increasingly responsible for their own learning. They reflect on their experiences and understand how they are developing personally and socially, tackling many of the spiritual, moral, social and cultural issues that are part of growing up.

Opportunities for promoting pupils’ personal, social and emotional development exist throughout the curriculum and are also delivered in the following ways:

  • Discrete curriculum time
  • Cross-curricular links
  • Activities and school events
  • Collective worship
  • Guest Speakers
  • Incorporated tutor time

Collective worship is a fundamental aspect of our school life

  • At Slough and Eton we hold weekly collective worship for all, which often alternate between year group or House assemblies.

We focus our assemblies on a variety of topics that range from current affairs, key events and dates in the calendar, school events and celebrations.

  • Charity and Celebration Events
  • Tutor Time
  • Mental Health and Emotional Wellbeing
  • Pastoral Care
  • Student Leadership