Values and Ethos

We are a caring and supportive school community providing high challenge and support for our students. There is a very special atmosphere at Eskdale School; visitors note the calm, purposeful and supportive environment. We value every child as an individual and understand the importance of ensuring students are as happy and settled in school as they can be. We understand that this is essential for successful learning.

Over the last few years Eskdale School has been through many important changes including becoming a 11-16 secondary school in its own right, as well as federating with Caedmon College and Whitby Sixth Form. Working together in collaboration will enable us all to increase the academic offer, develop extra-curricular activities and create new opportunities that all our students deserve.

Our school values:


Our community is our strength. The integration of students, through the pastoral and house system, underpins all that we do. Most importantly, we care for the happiness of others and speak up if we see injustice or prejudice. Our staff and students feel part of something bigger than themselves, not just during their time at school, but for the rest of their lives.


We nurture those in our community to develop and apply good moral values of fairness and restorative justice. We aim to have consistency in our actions, focusing on treating each other fairly. We use restorative conversations to build and develop a strong foundation of trust across the school. Most importantly, our community is defined by the respect we show one another.


Our community strive to be intellectually curious across a breadth of academic and extra-curricular strands. Our aim is for pupils to be multi-dimensional, to seek out opportunities for growth, and to develop a set of transferable skills fit for the global marketplace. We will prepare young minds to embrace new challenges as they present themselves.


We recognise that we have a moral obligation to serve, support and treat others with dignity. We will seek out opportunities to improve and enrich the community and lives of others. We will use our circumstances to aid others with charity and compassion in the wider community of Whitby.


Being part of our community means caring for others and creating happiness for one another. This generosity of spirit will help develop high levels of emotional intelligence within our students. We will treat others with a kind heart and greater understanding.


We take pleasure in everything we do for our community with a sense of fun and enjoyment. Through striving to be the best version of ourselves, by engaging in our education, we aim to enjoy our lives and make ourselves and those around us happy and proud.

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