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Our Vision, Principles & Aims

Our Vision 

We want Queen's to be a community where every individual thrives.  

Our Principles 

As an organisation we are proud of our continued adherence to the values and principles established when Queen’s was founded in 1848, as the first educational establishment in the UK to offer academic qualifications to young women.  In the words of our founder, F.D. Maurice: 

“We shall be glad to improve our practice every day, not alter our principle.” 

1. We value academic excellence for its own sake, rather than the sterile pursuit of marks. 

  • We measure our success by the development of each individual. 
  • We value personal integrity and the discernment to deal responsibly with the wider world. 

2. We value teaching: 

  • that inspires pupils and stimulates intellectual curiosity; 
  • that encourages intellectual rigour and the ability to make informed judgements; 
  • that helps pupils to know how to think, rather than what to think. 

3. We value in pupils: 

  • self-reliance and independence of mind; 
  • self-discipline and the determination to outstrip expectations; 
  • imagination and the courage to take risks. 

Our Aims

Bearing in mind our overall vision, and building upon these long-standing principles, we have distilled our ambitions for the next stage of our development into these three aims