At Nord Anglia Education, we work every day to inspire our students, schools and employees to be the best they can be and we are ambitious for them all to achieve more than they thought possible in their personal, social and academic endeavours. Within our family of schools, this aspiration is underpinned by a commitment to always act with respect, integrity, openness and courage. These qualities are the foundation of how we approach our work and roles within Nord Anglia Education and are shared by everyone in our global family. We define them as follows:
- We are thoughtful and considerate in our interactions.
- We are always supportive and cooperative with each other.
- We embrace and celebrate diversity.
This means we DO listen to other people’s thoughts and opinions, actively include and accept differences and help others achieve our collective goals.
Whilst we DON’T dismiss people’s ideas and opinions that are different to our own, discriminate, hamper or block progress.
- We are honest.
- We stand up for what is right.
- We act in the best interests of our students, employees and community.
This means we DO speak out when things are wrong (but in a culturally sensitive way), own the truth and consider our student, parents, employees and wider community when making decisions.
Whilst we DON’T deliberately mislead, stand by and ignore something that is wrong, or make decisions based on favouritism and personal preference.
- We are inquisitive and receptive to new ideas.
- We give and welcome constructive feedback.
- We approach change with a positive, can-do attitude.
This means we DO listen and actively explore how ideas may work, act considerately when giving feedback, appreciate the opportunity to improve ourselves and are solution-focused.
Whilst we DON’T squash or dismiss ideas out of hand without proper consideration, publicly criticise people, react negatively when we hear something we don’t like, or take actions that undermine decisions.
- We dare to challenge accepted wisdom.
- We are not afraid to take risks.
- We confront issues ethically.
This means we DO ask difficult questions, encourage creatively and innovation, empower people with the confidence to experiment and confront issues fearlessly and objectively.
Whilst we DON’T just accept the status quo, only follow tried and tested methods, lay blame if an initiative is not successful, or take the easy way out.
- We create schools that are extraordinary places of learning.
- We build upon the passions and talents of our students and employees.
- We challenge ourselves to make a positive difference in the world.
This means we DO respond proactively to academic, personal and social challenges, treat every student and employee as individuals and believe that they can achieve amazing outcomes, and commit individually and collectively to actions that will make a difference.
Whilst we DON’T deliver our curricula or projects in exactly the same way each year, immediately reject ideas that may seem impossible at first, define our students’ potential on what they have achieved in the past, or side-step tough conversations on local or world issues.