The testimonies are values and principles which are central to the Quaker faith and at the heart of Sidcot life. We translate the meaning of the Quaker testimonies into everyday school life for our students and lead by example through practice. Quaker values are not overtly religious and values that most people would relate to, they are a way of life rather than a set of rules.
Truth and Integrity
Being true to oneself and being honest with others enables our students to develop integrity in what they do, what they think and helps them to build more meaningful relationships now and into the future.
Equality and Community
We believe all people are of equal worth regardless of wealth, status, gender, race or faith. We aim to build a community that embraces individuals and sees the good in everyone, where people can feel comfortable in being themselves.
We do not accept violence in any form and resolve all conflicts peacefully. We will teach our children about peaceful methods of dealing with issues and taking responsibility to resolve differences. We will educate our children about world organisations that are working for peace in war torn countries and the impact of war on human kind.
Simplicity involves constantly challenging the way we live and what our true needs are, and especially how our own standard of living is sometimes achieved at the expense of others. We encourage our children to resist the temptation of defining who they are by the clothes they wear or the mobile phone they have and to think about what qualities really make a good person. We also challenge them to explore commercialism and its effect on global societies.
The Earth and Environment
We only have one earth and we teach our children to treasure and preserve it through our education and extracurricular activities. We encourage them to question our commercial world and to consider the impact modern day products and services have on the environment and the long term implications for our future.