We have a clear ambition for everyone in the Lythe School family: our Vision is for our school community to flourish academically, physically and spiritually. We will shine as individuals and as a school family, going on to enhance the wider community and the lives of those around us.    

The children of our school Ethos Group have worked to sum this up in a single, simple sentence that we use to guide and evaluate all our actions:

“Be the best you can be and let your light shine.”

You can see from the diagram below how this all fits together and how we have used our Vision as a basis for the design of our new school badge which was unveiled in June 2023 and will be in official use from September 2023.

Our Badge

The Anglo Saxon cross links us with the ancient remains located in St Oswald’s church and the history of Whitby, and shows our love for and connection with our local community. These things enhance our lives and help us flourish and be the best we can be.

Our angel is a copy of our beautiful sculpture in the school grounds and represents the future, hope and renewal. It reflects our ambition that our children’s light will shine as a beacon for others.

Our Motto

Be the best you can be and

let your light shine

Our Vision Statement

Our school community will flourish academically, physically and spiritually.

We will shine as individuals and as a school family, going on to enhance the wider community and the lives of those around us.

Our Christian foundation

You are the salt of the earth…

You are the light of the world.

“You are the salt of the earth… you are the light of the world.” 

Jesus speaking in Matthew Chapter 5.

What does this look like on a day-to-day basis? What can you expect to see in our school? Our Mission Statement below explains how our daily work will be based on giving everyone:

a sense of belonging: a knowledge that they are safe and valued for who they are, as an individual with lots to offer. All are treated with respect and dignity.

a sense of empowerment: opportunities to take charge, take action and make a difference;  know that they can be agents of change and can make choices about their lives; high aspirations for themselves.

the knowledge that their wellbeing is important: we look after each other; we develop physically, mentally, emotionally, spiritually and socially and we show compassion when people are having difficulties.

the support to understand their own feelings and behaviour: to help them learn to make their own good choices and treat others how they would like to be treated and be kind, safe and respectful.

a wide experience and understanding of the world, locally, nationally and globally; the chance to develop good general knowledge and learn from the past and the present; the chance to make strong links and live well with other people.

Excellent teaching and training led by professionals  with high aspirations and expectations for learners so that all achieve well and fulfil their potential, and are well-informed and skilled enough to challenge the status quo.

an understanding of the importance of attending school well

the confidence to take risks, and to be unafraid to try and fail; to persevere; to make courageous decisions and ask difficult questions.

encouragement to develop their personal system of ethics, values and beliefs; an enquiring and open environment for spiritual development;  coherent and relevant understanding of Christianity and the ability to live well together with people of all faiths and none.

wide opportunities to discover things they like and are good at; encouragement to pursue these.