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Vision & Ethos

‘Fortior Quo Paratior - The Better Prepared the Stronger'

The Hornsey Vision was developed with the Students Leadership Team, Teachers, the Senior leadership team, and Governors.

The Hornsey Vision

Excellence is expected by all in the school’s community where a dynamic and challenging learning environment helps to realise the ambitions of all and continues to ensure exam results are above the national average.

The school is committed to preparing students to be responsible, articulate and intellectually curious about the world they live in with confidence. A creative approach to teaching and learning is established and expected by all.

Hornsey students are supported by a broad curriculum that ensures they are equipped with the education, skills and passion to improve the world they live in with integrity, allowing students to flourish and be resilient in the face of challenge.

Our Performing Arts status encourages musical, dance and theatrical aspirations creating communal harmony within the school as well as enabling students to take risks and thrive.

To support this vision Hornsey students, staff, parents and governors will work in collaboration to ensure a tolerant, safe and happy learning environment where everyone is respectful and treated equally.

British Values

Students make a positive contribution to their own community, to British society and to global well-being and are proud to recognise British values. Whilst we promote learning in these areas as shown in the Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural activities across the curriculum it is also evident in our out of school learning programmes which include Model UN,  The Duke of Edinburgh Award, being a Stonewall champion School as well as excellent additional performing arts clubs promoting and developing resilience, diversity, fair play and community cohesion at all levels.

Our Ethos

Our key priority is to ensure high achievement for every girl at Hornsey. Through high standards of teaching, our broad and balanced academic curriculum and our extensive opportunities we inspire every young woman to raise her expectations and to be ambitious to fulfil her potential. We foster a love of learning for all of our students and encourage creativity and innovation across the curriculum.

As an international school, Hornsey students are encouraged to participate in national and international issues with integrity and confidence. We believe that every student has an opportunity to have an impact in influencing the world around us and we nurture leadership qualities in all of our students.

Our safe and welcoming school ethos is conducive to effective learning enabling every student to thrive in a calm and purposeful atmosphere. We foster healthy relationships, resilience and collaboration between students in order to prepare them for their world of tomorrow as well as today.


In order to implement our vision we aim to:

  • Constantly raise every student’s achievements by providing a positive learning environment which develops an enquiring mind and a love of learning.
  • Provide an inspiring and structured curriculum 
  • Support our students to develop individual and social responsibility and to actively participate in international community issues with confidence.
  • Develop positive links with families and our local community.
  • Create an atmosphere of trust and safety, within a calm and purposeful environment.
  • Implement clear and consistent expectations of behaviour for learning.
  • Encourage staff to be collectively ambitious for Hornsey students.