Our Ethos & Aims
The life of the School at all levels is underpinned by our ethos and aims. 

Our Ethos

The King's School is a distinctive community, we are:
A HISTORIC CATHEDRAL SCHOOL - Re-founded by King Henry VIII in 1541, the school is a Christian community with close links to Gloucester Cathedral, including the education of the choristers. We welcome pupils of all faiths and of none
AN INDEPENDENT, COEDUCATIONAL DAY SCHOOL - We believe boys and girls can (and should) learn together, as they do beyond the school. We value families: our pupils enjoy time at home as well as at school. We are proud to be independent from ever-changing government regulation.
A MEDIUM-SIZED SCHOOL WITH SMALL CLASS SIZES - We offer an impressive range of academic subjects and opportunities, yet our distinctively small classes allow teachers to focus on each individual pupil
A PUPIL-CENTRED, INSPIRATIONAL SCHOOL - Our outstanding pastoral care, broad academic curriculum and superb range of co-curricular activities inspire each pupil to discover their flicker of talent, through our Keystones approach, and to develop that talent to its full potential.
FORWARD-THINKING IN OUR EDUCATIONAL PHILOSOPHY - A school with notable historic associations, we will continue to focus on the future, preparing our pupils for the rapidly-changing world ahead.
DELIVERING AN EDUCATION OF CHARACTER - Pupils focus on the skills and characteristics required for future success, both at a personal level and for the wider community.
The ethos is delivered to our pupils through our 'Values and Expectations' in the Senior School and through our 'King's SMART' approach in the Junior School.

Our Aims

We will help our pupils to become happy, confident and kind individuals who are well-equipped to play their part in a challenging and fast-changing world. The King’s School pupils will be encouraged to develop characteristics such as aspiration, integrity, creativity, reflection, resilience and independence. These are our aims:
Aim 1 - To maintain the school’s reputation for delivering outstanding pastoral care, always focusing on the wellbeing of each individual pupil
Aim 2 - To strive for inspiration and excellence in teaching and learning, helping each pupil to achieve their full potential
Aim 3 - To offer a broad range of co-curricular opportunities beyond the classroom, allowing participation and excellence for all pupils
Aim 4 - To recruit, retain and develop the most suitably qualified staff who are committed to the ethos and aspirations of the school
Aim 5 - To maintain and grow resources and income in order to ensure that the highest quality of facilities and education can be delivered
Aim 6 - To recruit pupils from a range of backgrounds who will play a full, successful part in the life of the school
Aim 7 - To develop a King’s Community of former pupils, parents and staff who will maintain contact, relish continued involvement and support the future development of the school