Values & Ethos

Giggleswick aims to provide a supportive and stimulating independent education that prepares confident young people for the opportunities of the adult world. Our education is values driven and we place particular emphasis on participation, respect and ambition.


Values and Ethos

Our three core values are participation, respect and ambition. We accept each person for who they are and, through a broad curriculum, seek to nurture the talent in everyone. A grounded and down to earth school where individuals are respected but participation is expected. We value highly academic progress and encourage a critical awareness of learning. This includes a recognition of the importance of learning beyond the classroom where outcomes, though less quantifiable, are just as important for wellbeing in life, and where our Learner Profile helps to ensure activity is purposeful and fulfilling. All this is rooted in a boarding community which seeks to listen to and support each member. As a Christian foundation we accept pupils from all faiths and none, but we expect an open mindedness towards belief.


The Giggleswick Learner

To successfully achieve our aims we have defined our own Learner Profile. This identifies the key characteristics that we believe will help individuals lead happy and fulfilling lives. 



Actively enquiring
Nurturing enquiring minds is at the heart of life and learning at Giggleswick and pupils are encouraged to be questioning, curious and creative in their thinking. We stretch minds, fire imaginations and give every subject a sense of adventure and discovery.


Adept and accomplished
Our academic standards are high and we embrace all levels of ability and talents, supporting each pupil to achieve the very best they can. We encourage ambition and achievement of every kind, whether it's in the classroom, in sport or in artistic impression.


Tolerant and compassionate
Giggleswick is renowned for its happy, caring and supportive community. We encourage our pupils to develop a keen sense of responsibility and an inclusive attitude towards each other.


Aspirational and spirited
At Giggleswick, everyone is encouraged to take part and throw energy into everything they do. We focus on the individual and their passions to inspire their learning and achievements.


Innovative and original
Initiative, creativity and self-expression informs every aspect of life at the school and we encourage every child to be imaginative and original.


Dynamic and enterprising
We encourage children to be positive and pro-active, taking responsibility at an early age, caring for others and becoming confident independent learners.


Tenacious and positive
At Giggleswick pupils discover just how much they can achieve with determination on their side. Each child is encourage to aim high, be adventurous and move out of their safe zone.


Confident not arrogant
We place particular emphasis on personal and social development, building confidence, character and a strong sense of responsibility to give each child the best start in life.