Vision and Values

Here at the Horizon School, we have four Core Values that encapsulate everything that we believe in and we use to achieve our mission of improving life chances of everyone. Our Core Values are:


We want everyone here to treat each other with care, courtesy and consideration. Everyone here, staff and students, shows a mutual respect to one another and we ask everyone to consider the impact of their words and actions on others. 


We want our students to be the very best versions of themselves in everything that they do so they can fulfil their incredible potential as students and as citizens. Our staff have an unshakable belief that our students can achieve highly in all areas and will drive relentlessly to ensure this happens.


Some of us may find certain tasks or situations challenging, all that we ask is that students do their best, give their all and never give up on themselves, as our staff will never give up on them.


Everything in life is achieved through hard work and determination. Our staff will do everything they can to inspire and motivate our students, with engaging and enjoyable lessons and activities.

The The Horizon School, Hartlepool is committed to promoting ‘British Values’.

We value the diversity and differences of all our pupils and celebrate this through our culture, ethos, approach to lessons and our respectful relationships we promote. Commitment and celebration of our diversity makes us collectively stronger, tolerant and respectful to all. The Horizon School, Hartlepool is committed to promoting these values within our National Curriculum.


The five British Values are:


  • Democracy
  • The Rule of Law
  • Individual Liberty
  • Mutual Respect
  • Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs


The principle of democracy is consistently being reinforced within the school, with democracy processes being used for important decisions. Whilst gaining an understanding of decision-making power pupils are taught about weighing up and identifying the positives and negatives that influence making a decision, understanding that all decisions must be justifiable. The principle of democracy is also explored in the History curriculum as well as in Citizenship and tutor time.

The Rule of Law

Pupils are taught about the importance of laws, whether they are those that govern the class, the school, or the country. They are taught the rules and expectations of the school and the outside world and these are highlighted and reinforced on a daily basis. As well as being taught about the laws that govern and protect us, importance is placed on the values and reasoning behind these. Pupils are taught that all actions have consequences and that they have a responsibility to uphold on the law and what happens when the law is broken.

Individual Liberty

Pupils are actively encouraged to make independent choices, with the knowledge that they are in a safe, secure and supportive environment. Staff at the The Horizon School, Hartlepool educate and provide boundaries for pupils to make informed choices, through a safe environment and an empowering education. Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and are advised on how to exercise these safely, for example through staying safe on line and learning guide time. At The Horizon School, Hartlepool we promote an anti-bullying culture and have in place a comprehensive Behaviour Policy.

Mutual Respect

Respect is promoted throughout all environments within the The Horizon School, Hartlepool, whether these being teaching and learning or unstructured social time. Pupils are taught to treat each other with respect and that their behaviours have an effect on their own rights and those of others. The topic of Mutual respect is included throughout the curriculum and pupils are given the opportunity to express their views in a safe environment.

Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs

At The Horizon School, Hartlepool we feel it is important to provide students with the ability to understand their place in a culturally diverse society and by giving the opportunities to experience such diversity within the school environment. Based within the curriculum and addressed throughout tutor time, we aim to give pupils a broad and balanced knowledge and education on a range of faiths, religions and cultures.

Positive Feedback

The staff at The Horizon School, Hartlepool take time to listen and build relationships with all the students.

Annais (Student)

I have a better relationship with the teachers at The Horizon School, Hartlepool. They listen to me and help me with my work

Sean (Student)

Teachers have high aspirations for pupils and their next steps in life...Pupils are well prepared to leave school after Year 11.

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