Ethos and Vision

Our school ethos is SURE and underpins all learning and values that parents, pupils and staff share and wish to promote and develop here. SURE stands for ‘Achieving Success through Understanding, Respect and Endeavour’

SUCCESS: Mowbray School teaches children the skills and knowledge they need to help prepare them for adulthood, meet their emotional needs and well-being. Success is relative to each individual and measured by each pupil achieving his or her true potential. We believe that through mutual respect, relationships and understanding children will learn and achieve success, celebrating achievements personally with each child.


UNDERSTANDING: We understand that all children have different educational needs and those we educate have significant difficulties. All staff seek to understand and respect each child’s personal circumstances, to empathise with and help them understand their own difficulties and personal well-being. Equally, pupils are taught that all people have feelings and emotions, and to understand how others are affected by their actions. Above all Mowbay School aims to provide a learning environment that values individual and cultural difference, that promotes equality and diversity and ensures a passionate approach towards meeting the needs of children in North Yorkshire.

RESPECT: Pupils need to respect their own abilities and raise their own self-esteem to enable them to achieve their potential. All children also need to understand that others wish to be treated fairly, kindly and politely. One of the greatest challenges our children face is how to interact with others. Often, the reason they have been allocated a place at Mowbray School is because relationships with others, whether adults or children, have failed. Equally, our school staff by their conduct and relationships they make, can provide excellent examples of personal integrity and compassion to meet each child’s individual needs. 

ENDEAVOUR: It is important that children learn they need to put considerable effort into everything they do in order to succeed. Mowbray School helps young people with significant and complex learning difficulties to achieve their best. We provide education appropriate to each individual child and recognise the need to address the whole child to ensure that his or her social, physical, cognitive and emotional needs are interwoven in their education.


In Mowbray School we meet the needs of a range of abilities, and to accommodate this broad range we personalise learning. Pupils are grouped within key stages by age, ability and need and described as either ‘formal learners’, ‘formal pastoral learners’ or ‘semi-formal learners’.

We believe that children thrive when encouraged and supported; they respond to being treated in a positive and nurturing manner. The principles that comprise SURE are valued by both children and staff. They reflect our desire to help children to understand their difficulties, develop respect for themselves and others and, through this, become successful in what they do and achieve.

Our role is to help all those who need it and to support parents, pupils, and the school community in achieving success for all pupils. Through working together with pupils, parents and all agencies involved in the child’s well-being, achievement will be deeply rooted within his or her world and provide a stable base for future development

How we aim to help and support our pupils.

Provision at Mowbray School is underpinned by our desire to:

  •  Develop a nurturing culture of lifelong learning.
  • Promote intellectual, physical, social, aesthetic, spiritual and moral development of pupils.
  • Inspire communication and independence skills.
  • Prepare pupils to control their own lives.
  • Help and encourage pupils to become valued members of social groups, communities and uphold British values.
  • Promote a healthy lifestyle and a sense of self-worth.
  • Develop lively, inquiring, creative minds.
  • Ensure that creative and inspirational teaching leads to exciting, enjoyable and inspired learning.
  • Maintain the highest personal expectation of each pupil, recognising and developing strengths and talents.
  • Engage learners in meaningful work and activities, developing ambition, and securing the best possible outcomes in preparation for adulthood.
  • Have a wider local, regional and national influence to ensure pupils access best practice.

Our Values

The Governors and staff of Mowbray School value equal opportunities for all through:

  • Inclusive values, understanding the needs of others, self-regulation, independence and autonomy in preparation for adulthood.
  • A safe supportive, caring and dynamic school environment where all are valued as educators and partners in school improvement.
  • Access to the National Curriculum and the personalised Curriculum which is designed to accommodate individual pupil needs and to ensure maximum progress in preparation for adulthood.
  • An environment where creativity and individual interests are nurtured and provide a medium for driving forward school improvement.
  • The celebration of success and positive outcomes for all.