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Ethos and Character

The Gilded Hollins' Way


The 6 rules and 6 qualities instilled at Gilded Hollins equip our children with a strong inner moral compass, guiding them through their time at our school and beyond. In Early Years and in Key Stage 1, the children learn our 6 rules that will follow through their time with us.

Those 6 rules are:


Try your best

Be kind   

Take care of property

Listen to others

Tell the truth

Use time wisely

When the children move into Key Stage Two, the 6 rules still apply but the children also begin to focus on our 6 qualities. There are many valuable qualities in life, but our specific qualities were chosen with our children in mind. They play to their strengths, but push them to be more; to be their best self.  



Gilded Hollins children are kind. They know that kindness requires courage and strength. They know being kind shows we care about others and helps to make the world a better place. Being kind makes us feel good about ourselves.

  • I never expect anything in return for kindness.
  • I can be kind even when others are not.
  • I praise others, forgive them and have patience.
  • I am a good friend and a good listener.
  • I know that words can hurt so I choose what I say carefully.


  • I know the intrinsic rewards of being kind.
  • I know that being kind isn’t always easy.
  • I know that if I can be anything, I will be kind.
  • I try to improve someone else’s day.
  • I treat everyone with respect.



Community Spirit

Gilded Hollins children want to be of service to others. They know that everyone can make a difference in the world by trying to help other people.

  • I help others in need.
  • I try to be positive and encourage others.
  • I notice and celebrate other people’s successes.
  • I’m a team player.


  • I’m there when other people need me.
  • I am thankful for what I have.
  • I step up to make a difference.
  • I encourage other people to shine.




Gilded Hollins children are resilient. They are able to bounce back from adversity, failure and challenge and are shaped positively by this. They are more likely to take healthy risks because they don’t fear falling short of expectations. They work hard.

  • I see mistakes as the first step in learning.
  • I know that learning new things takes effort.
  • I accept that I will meet challenges (ups and downs) in life and see this as a positive.
  • I have a cup half full attitude to life.
  • I don’t give up easily.
  • I know that I might not get to the right answer, but understand that it is what I do when I am struggling that is important.
  • I accept and respond positively to constructive criticism.
  • I have a voice in school and know that I am a special part of the Gilded Hollins’ Family.




Gilded Hollins children are honest and trustworthy. They act with integrity, doing the right thing, even when no-one is watching. They inspire others to behave in the right way.

  • I can be trusted to do the right thing.
  • I tell the truth.
  • I admit my mistakes and try to learn from them.
  • I encourage others to behave well and do the right thing.
  • I apologise when I have done the wrong thing or hurt someone’s feelings.
  • I win with humility and lose with grace.
  • I don’t get angry when other children find it hard to tell the truth. I understand that they are still learning.
  • I am brave enough to stand up and speak out for what is right and just.
  • I try to be fair to everyone.





Gilded Hollins children persevere. They have the drive that helps them get past the hard stuff to get to what they want and go far in life.

  • I try new things even though I know I might fail.
  • When frustrated, I take a deep breath, compose myself and try harder.
  • My mind and body are focused to do my best.
  • I have goals to work towards.


  • I have courage to face challenges.
  • I embrace failure to, in the end, succeed.
  • I believe in myself.
  • I know when to seek help and when to keep trying.
  • I don’t give up easily.




Gilded Hollins children are confident. Not in an arrogant way, but in a realistic and secure way. They do not feel superior to others; they have a quiet inner knowledge that they are capable and worthy.

  • I believe I can.
  • I believe in myself.
  • I am willing to try and not succeed. I don’t let fear of failing get in my way.
  • I speak up for what I believe to be right.
  • I try my best.
  • I am willing to try even if I feel unsure.
  • I take pride in what I do.
  • I support others and am happy for them when they do well.
  • I am curious and want to learn new things.
  • I have a strong sense of self-worth.
  • I know that I am good enough