Ethos

Ethos

School Values

The school has adopted a set of four values through consultation with students, parents and staff:

  • Enquiry

To develop a thirst for knowledge, skills and understanding of the world around us. To be curious, to ask questions and not take things at face value and to explore opportunities that come our way.

  • Adventure

To develop the confidence to try new experiences and to take on fresh opportunities. Not to let the possibility of failure limit our actions but to have the courage to accept failure as a learning opportunity.

  • Success

To strive for success in all areas of our lives and to recognise and celebrate the success achieved in those around us.

  • Pride

To be proud of who we are, our Island communities and our local and national heritage.

These values focus on all of us developing as lifelong learners with positive attitudes, a high degree of resilience and a desire to continually develop as people. This community has a reputation for being very supportive and while this value is not represented above, it remains a key element of the school ethos.

The Aims of Islay High School

  • To strive continuously to improve the quality of education for all in Islay High School.
  • To become a learning organisation that is outward looking and values creativity and shared reflection.
  • To promote active partnership working and equality of opportunity.
  • To ensure that resources are managed effectively and that best value is secured.
  • To equip our children and young people with the skills and knowledge they require in order to become:

Successful Learners with:

  • Enthusiasm and motivation for learning.
  • Determination to reach high standard of achievement.
  • Openness to new thinking and ideas.

Confident Individuals with:

  • Self-respect.
  • A sense of physical, mental and emotional well-being.
  • Secure values and beliefs.
  • Ambitions.

Responsible Citizens with:

  • Respect for others.
  • Commitment to participate responsibly in political, economic, social and cultural life.

Effective Contributors with:

  • An enterprising attitude.
  • Resilience.
  • Self-reliance.
  • The ability to meet the demands of our changing world.