Reading School

Reflections on the Quality Mark Plus Experience

“At Reading School, we believe passionately that developing the character of our students is one of the fundamental aims of education and the basis from which to build a flourishing life. Good education is good character education and our focus on character development lies at the heart of the school community and permeates the individual and collective behaviours of our students. Our character education philosophy is known as ‘The Reading Way’ and is built upon our four school values of excellence, integrity, leadership and community. This is a holistic approach to education with a broad academic and co-curriculum that encourages intellectual curiosity, whilst enriching and developing the cultural capital of our students. The twin aims of academic excellence and building good men are complementary: we want our students to flourish through sustained high performance and the development of their character. 

The Quality Mark process was a thoroughly supportive and encouraging day where our character education team were able to share the fantastic character building work our students are involved in. It gave us the opportunity to acknowlege our successes and also to work with the ACE assessors to reflect on what’s next and how to get there! I would highly recommend an application for the Quality Mark or Quality Mark Plus award. The whole process is aimed at helping you celebrate the character work you are championing in your school and really helps you shape your character journey for the future.”

Assessor Feedback

“The leadership provided by the Headmaster and senior team is inspirational and because of the evident deep personal commitment exhibited by the team to a wide, values-led education, they have managed to capture a similar commitment and determination from all staff members. Staff trust the authenticity of leaders’ plans and the determination the team exhibits in securing a first-class educational experience has resulted in a committed and determined workforce. As a consequence of this commitment, staff are prepared to go “above and beyond” in providing the young men in their care with some outstanding educational experiences, and this – coupled with their individual expertise and confidence –  is resulting in a rich and balanced character-focused education for all boys in the school.”

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