We respect each other and our wish to feel safe, secure and breathe easy. We need to teach, work and learn in peace.
Everyone here is celebrated for who they are, regardless of ethnicity, sexuality or disability. We have empathy for those facing mental health challenges and will support all members of our community in finding direction and peace of mind.
Making everyone feel included, every day, is important to us. Whether learning or playing, we work together as a team. We know where to go to talk to someone when we need support. We listen when somebody needs to talk.
Mavericks are welcome here. We respect our right to be different and embrace our responsibility to each other. We are determined to attend school and lessons on time and pledge to contribute to every social and academic opportunity. We will work to the best of our abilities, learn from our mistakes and move forward. We know every one of us faces challenges and recognise every one of us has a gift to bring to our community.
Speaking calmly and using appropriate language shows we respect each other. When stressed, we undertake to take a deep breath and count to ten. We know that each dawn represents a fresh start at Wemms. Our past cannot be changed but our futures are ours to design and furnish.
Wemms’ basic philosophy embraces the proposition that every human is a caretaker of planet Earth and every person is here to give to society and to offer the hand of friendship to those in need.
Wemms also believes that one overcomes their own ‘gremlins’ by helping others.
Our students will be offered ample opportunity to serve their community by engaging with local charities and community projects.
In 2015-19, the students have actively supported the work of The Ashtead Rotary Club, the Soroptimists of Epsom, the Lions Club of Leatherhead, CHANCE for Nepal, and the Coco Foundation. They have organised cake sales and fund-raisers to generate funds for pancreatic cancer research, Alzheimer research, Toilet Twinning, and conservation projects. The majority of members of the school community are trained in first aid and know how to operate a defibrillator.
All senior students are offered the opportunity to become peer mentors to help support those in need of the hand of friendship. In addition, the majority of staff members are trained in mental health first aid and suicide prevention. Their skills are available to the local community as well as our community. The Wemms building and minibus are available for community use as and when required. In 2019-20, our students will be offered ample opportunity to serve their community by engaging with local charities and community projects.