Ethos and Values

Dear Parents, Carers and Students,

PCS is a school that prides it’s self on inspiring all learners, allowing all students to achieve so that every member of our community knows they have succeeded.

When staff and students are asked to describe their school they all say how welcoming it is and how the learning is so much more than being in a classroom. Learning happens everywhere whether that is while doing an experiment in Science or being part of ‘A Play in a Day’ in Drama. We have mountain bikes so we can explore the South Downs, understanding the world that surrounds us. Our Year 7’s go to Blacklands Farm for a residential trip and for some this is their first experience staying away from home. What an opportunity!

Everyone has a voice in our school and that voice is valued. Our student leadership programme is steadily growing with every year group having an opportunity to change the school. By Year 11 the Leadership team has two Presidents and deputy Presidents who bring to the Senior Management meetings the suggestions from the student body and real change can happen.

This ethos of being inclusive is represented by the fact that we have worked hard to become a UNICEF Rights Respecting School. This means that our rights and responsibilities as citizens are central to everything we do.

Starting Secondary School is an adventure and a journey allowing you to experience many different opportunities. It is a time when you can try as many things as you can: trips aboard, being part of a musical or a play, computer programming, dancing, art, Sports leadership and debating… the list is endless! This is an opportunity to try new things and work out what you want to do.

At PCS we believe that there is nothing more important that learning and we are on the journey of providing outstanding learning.

If you would like to find out more, please phone and ask for a tour of the school, as you will not really know how amazing PCS is until you see us at work.

Best wishes,

Rachel Joseph
Head of School


We expect everyone to sign up to the ambition of our school.When you arrive, you join in – from your uniform to your manners to the quality of the work in your exercise book. We will provide you with the opportunity to succeed, and we expect you and your supporters at home to do everything possible to make that happen.


Everyone is a leader at something. School is about finding the strength to lead and also the strength to follow.


Community Cohesion is central to the ethos of PCS. It is integral to all areas of our work within our school, local, national and international community. In essence this means at PCS we promote an inclusive culture where every individual or group of individuals matters. We promote and celebrate an inclusive culture where:

  • • There is a common vision and sense of belonging by all communities
  • • The diversity of people's backgrounds and circumstances is appreciated and valued
  • • Equal life opportunities are available to all
  • • Strong and positive relationships exist and continue to be developed within the school and the wider community
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