Horniman Primary School

  • Horniman Drive
  • Forest Hill
  • London
  • SE23 3BP
  • Tel: 020 8699 3190
  • After School Club: 020 8699 8378
  • Email:
  • Headteacher: Mr Andrew Pickering
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Our Ethos, Vision and Strategy

Horniman Primary School: Ethos, vision and strategy


Our principal role at Horniman Primary School is to set the strategic direction for the school and to ensure clarity of vision and ethos. The staff and governing body have set the ethos, vision and strategy for the school for 2018 and beyond.


Our ethos

At Horniman Primary school we believe in the whole child. We understand that children are individuals with different strengths and interests.  Our role as a school is to support, encourage and stretch our children academically across the full range of the curriculum, both during the school day and as part of a rich offer of extended services and before and after school care.


Our ethos is based around ‘five keys to success’ which are important for opening up opportunities for learning, and working together, and also for building strong life skills that help ensure a bright future for all of our children through their own personal development.  


Our 5 keys for success and social and emotional well-being feed into all aspects of school life and are:

  • Getting along
  • Organisation
  • Persistence
  • Confidence
  • Resilience


Our Vision:

To nurture and guide the whole child to be happy, independent learners, with the confidence to achieve their maximum potential, the resilience to embrace challenges and with respect for each other and the world around them.

We aim to achieve our vision by:

  • Ensuring the school is fit for purpose, safe and caring, and which fosters relationships built on respect
  • Designing a stimulating, creative and engaging curriculum that is both accessible and challenging
  • Nurturing a body of staff who are highly trained and motivated
  • Enabling a whole school philosophy of ‘learning without limits’
  • Making a contribution to the communities in which we live
  • Building understanding of how to create economic and environmental sustainability
  • Actively tackle inequalities and celebrate diversity



Horniman Primary School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.