PASTORAL ETHOS

Ockbrook School regards the moral and spiritual development of its students as central in preparing them to be responsible and fulfilled members of society.

The following are considered to be of importance for all members of the Ockbrook community:
– A growing sense of responsibility for one’s own actions
– Commitment to the well-being of others in the wider community
– Respect and appreciation for the natural world and our impact upon it
– Choosing generosity rather than selfishness and a rejection of unkindness, cruelty and bullying
– A mature sense of self-confidence and self-worth, with a disposition to humility rather than arrogance
– Honesty and the development of personal integrity
– Respect for the diversity of beliefs and customs and rejection of all forms of prejudice on the basis of race, gender, class, sexual orientation, religion or disability
– A recognition that spiritual beliefs, moral values can give direction, shape and meaning to an individual’s life
– A readiness to look beyond materialism
– A growing maturity in response to the experiences of suffering which human life naturally presents: anxiety, stress, illness, divorce, loss, death
– An understanding of what supports happiness and well-being.

The school’s role in the moral and spiritual development of pupils cannot be seen in isolation. Parents and family, activities and commitments outside School, and in some cases involvement in a religious faith will contribute to a young person’s development. Ockbrook School is thoroughly committed to its role in this partnership.