Every day school life and routines are reinforced with high expectations and aspirations for our students. Daily we aim to develop, recognise and celebrate the following values in our young people:
As an outward-facing school we name our teaching groups after inspirational role models within our local community:
- Success, Weir class
- Kindness, Wood class
- Courage, Johnson class
- Resilience, Rowsell class
- Charity, Tomlin class
- Positivity, Fuller class
- Yates Class, Fairness
David Weir represents the value of success. He is a British Paralympian from Wallington. He has won a total of six gold medals in wheelchair races at the 2008 and 2012 Paralympic Games, and has won the London Marathon on eight occasions. He was born with a spinal cord transection that left him unable to use his legs.
Wilfred Wood represents kindness. He was Bishop of Croydon from 1985 to 2003, the first black bishop in the Church of England. He came second in the “100 Great Black Britons” list in 2004. He has spent his lifetime serving others and is a dedicated campaigner for racial justice.
Amy Johnson represents courage. She was a pioneering English aviator who was the first female pilot to fly alone from Britain to Australia. Johnson set out on this flight from Croydon Airport. She set numerous long-distance records during the 1930s and flew in the Second World War as a part of the Air Transport Auxiliary.
Joanna Rowsell represents resilience. She is a retired member of the Great Britain Cycling Team from the London Borough of Sutton. She is recognisable because of her hair loss caused by alopecia but never wanted this to define her. She has displayed great determination to achieve gold medals in the women’s team pursuit at the 2012 London Olympics and the 2016 Rio Olympics as well as five World Championship titles, four in the team pursuit (2008, 2009, 2012 and 2014) plus one in the individual pursuit at the 2014 World Championships.
Françoise Tomlin represents charity. She is the founder of The Link Schools and was a woman with foresight and vision, when in 1963 she founded The Link Primary School, providing an educational provision for children whose needs could not be met in other settings. With the aid of the Quakers, she purchased 138 Croydon Road and ‘The Link’ was born. The Link Secondary School was then opened in 1976 to enable pupils to transition to a secondary education, based on the same ethos. The Link Day Schools, as the group become known, are now a highly-respected much sought after provision.
Ernie Fuller represents positivity. He was Headteacher of The Link Secondary School for over twenty years and held such a fondness for the staff and students and believed that anything and everything was possible. He believed in the potential of all and the power of the human spirit.
Rose Yates represents the value of fairness. Rose Yates was an English social campaigner and suffragette, born in Lambeth. Together with her husband she worked for female suffrage from 1908 and during the First World War, and was willing to suffer arrest and incarceration for her beliefs. She travelled widely, giving lectures. In 1910 Yates became honorary secretary of the Wimbledon Women’s Social and Political Union (WSPU); under her leadership it became one of the most flourishing branches of the organisation. At the beginning of the First World War the Wimbledon WSPU converted its meeting room and shop into a soup kitchen and opened another in nearby Merton. After the war she was elected to the London County Council, where she campaigned for equal pay for men and women, better public housing, and the provision of nursery education.
Celebrating our Values
As a school we celebrate the school values as an integral part of our Positive Behaviour Policy.
Postcards are sent home when a student displays one of our values and we record, then report on this every half term.