School Ethos

MHA, Dunkeld promotes Aspiration, Achievement and Attainment for all our children and young people. We work in partnership, challenging ourselves to improve and innovate to meet the individual needs of children and young people in an ever changing world. The school is recognised as a ‘can do’ school and parents/carers have reported that they feel confident in the school and the opportunities and experiences children and young people have. This is recognised in the weekly Learner of the Week celebration.

Our Vision is for all children and young people to become:

  • Successful Learners 
  • Confident Individuals 
  • Effective Contributors 
  • Responsible citizens

Our Mission 

To achieve the best personalised outcomes for children and young people through positive, nurturing relationships developed across our education, fostering, residential and psychological services. 

Our Vision 

Every child and young person enjoys positive health and wellbeing; and the best opportunities for learning, life and work. 

Our Values 

  • Acceptance, 
  • Innovation, 
  • Resilience, 
  • Empowerment, 
  • Responsiveness
‘The school’s nurturing ethos supports all children and young people to feel safe and cared for. All staff have high aspirations for each learner and are focused on ensuring that all learners achieve positive outcomes.’
Education Scotland, March 2022

We Aspire to:

  • Ensure that health and wellbeing of children, young people and staff is at the heart of everything we do;
  • Build positive relationships to develop confidence, respect and trust;
  • Provide a unique, stimulating, and nurturing environment which is welcoming and inclusive;
  • Create an ethos and culture which fosters shared values and mutual respect, recognising the importance of each individual;
  • Ensure children, young people and adults are safe and protected; 
  • Embed the Moore House Group’s PACE model of child development, supported by the Group’s Psychology Service (PSI);
  • Support healthy lifestyles by promoting healthy eating, physical activity and positive mental wellbeing;
  • Enable children and young people to express their views and be actively engaged in making decisions which affect them and others around them – for example via the Student Council;
  • Develop skills for learning, life and work;
  • Empower children and young people to make choices, become as resilient and independent as possible in preparation for life beyond Moore House Academy, Dunkeld;
  • Provide opportunities for high quality, purposeful and relevant learning to take place based on children’s and young people’s special interests;
  • Provide bespoke curriculum pathways which are founded on breadth, depth and coherence;
  • Provide consistent and effective transitions into school, between year groups and into post school positive destinations – apprenticeships, college and university placements;
  • Encourage leadership at all levels; 
  • Encourage and enable open communication and partnerships between children/young people, their families, Care and Education;
  • Be an integral part of the wider community;

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