Our Ethos


Our schools are unified by the Cavendish logo which sits at the heart of everything we do. 


At first sight this is perhaps just a lovely symbol but it carries more significance than that. The flower represents the blossoming of learning and life and each petal is a ‘C’, representing the main attributes we strive to instil in each of our pupils during their time with us. 


The 4Cs are:


  • Confidence, 

  • Competence,

  • Creativity, 

  • Character. 

We strongly believe that each of these attributes is vital to enable our pupils to thrive in post-school life, with every one an important element of being able to achieve a sense of well-being and happiness. 



Having confidence in your own abilities and worth is a crucial component in the Cavendish Curriculum. Our confidence model includes these four key elements: communication, independence, responsibility, self-awareness.


We strive within our curriculum to develop our pupils' competence in all elements of life: socially, academically and emotionally. Ultimately, competence means the  ability to deal with things effectively, whether it be managing our emotions, knowing a specific subject inside-out or communicating our feelings effectively.


Creativity comes in so many forms, most notably in the need for us to open our minds to the different types of creativity that lies within.  Nurturing creativity is a vital part of our curriculum, whether it be helping pupils open up their own thinking to see more than one solution, or helping them capture and break down multiple creative thoughts into smaller 'chunks' in order to realise their creative vision.


Our role is to not only help our pupils flourish academically, but on a personal level too; building their character with positive attributes to enable them to thrive in the adult world. Morality, respect, leadership, perseverance and empathy are all values we seek to instil, as well as the ability to make informed decisions, understand team work and know the difference between right and wrong.

Our approach is based on four broad themes:

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Educational Outcomes and Wellbeing:

Our schools and colleges offer pupils access to a wide range of subject choices and qualification levels, all carefully chosen to work to their strengths. Regardless of a pupil's starting point when they join us, they will make progress and they will achieve. We enable this transformation to take place by showing understanding, offering support, restoring self confidence and by celebrating achievements, big and small. Our focus is not on academic results alone, we understand that our pupils need to feel prepared for life beyond our doors and so we also offer input around fitness, health, nutrition, resilience and mental wellness.

Learning outside of the classroom


Pupils who may have struggled in a traditional classroom setting often thrive in an outdoor environment; when they experience success here, it helps them to realise what they can achieve when they challenge themselves. Learning outside of the classroom takes many forms from academic subjects being studied on the farm or at forest school, to adventure and residential trips designed to build confidence away from home and encourage team work, resilience and problem solving. Playing sports and being physically fit and active sit alongside the mental health and wellbeing aspects of spending time in the great outdoors.

Therapeutic and specialist support:


Alongside the academic, co-curricular and pastoral provision sits a fully integrated therapeutic and specialist support model which includes access to subject specialists, therapists, counsellors and support workers.


Our small classes guarantee high levels of personal attention from specially trained and empathetic teaching and support staff. We focus on a pupil’s areas of strength and interest, and tailor their learning accordingly. Sophisticated assistive technologies are available to help them achieve their best work.

Preparation for life:


We work closely with our pupils to help them understand more about their unique learning profile and to help them embrace, celebrate and value the attributes that make them unique. Through our carefully crafted PSHE programmes we bring important topics to life and call upon the services of expert speakers to share their insight. We focus on achieving independence as adults and offer pupils access to varied and bespoke life skills input which might include travelling safely, handling money, cooking, personal care or social skills. We also offer our pupils the opportunity to undertake work experience which is meaningful, relevant and sustained.