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Character Education

‘The aim of our studies is not just to know what virtue is, but to become good.’ Aristotle

Character Education is a phrase that refers to the explicit teaching of intellectual, moral, civic and performance virtues that are the building blocks of character ad the cornerstone to being able to flourish. Virtues are like a compass; when you know what’s important to you in your work and personal life you have a better sense of direction, can feel more grounded, make better decisions and feel, overall, happier. 

 ‘In a broad sense, character education permeates all subjects, wider school activities, and a general school ethos; it cultivates the virtues of character associated with common morality and develops students’ understanding of what is excellent in diverse spheres of human endeavour.’

At the John of Gaunt school, we support the development of character throughout our curriculum and extra-curricular programmes. We also have a Character Education programme of awards, designed to celebrate all the wonderful things our students do both inside and outside of school that demonstrate them living a value filled life.

Our school values are:


We strive for greatness in everything we set our minds to. We endeavour to do our very best and excel in all aspects of school life. 


We treat others in our diverse inclusive community as we wish to be treated. We acknowledge individual differences yet join together in an uncompromising respect for each other.


We understand that we own our own actions. We work hard to understand our emotions and manage them effectively whilst ensuring we put any mistakes right.


When we encounter challenges, we persevere and bounce back.  We see setbacks as stepping stones to success and always give 100%.


Our ambition has no ceiling, we will push ourselves to be the best version of our self and challenge ourselves to ensure success.


Please see the link for details regarding our Character education awards programme.