Our Aims, Ethos and History

Our aims

  • To develop a community of learners where learning is valued, enjoyed, supportive and lifelong
  • To establish and build on successful partnerships between school, the home and the local community
  • To actively promote children’s spiritual, moral, social and cultural development with a strong focus on Christian values
  • To support children in becoming confident, resourceful, enquiring and independent learners: to encourage children to take pride in their work and the work of others
  • To develop children’s self-respect encouraging them to respect the ideas, attitudes, values and feelings of others regardless of race and culture

Our ethos statement

Recognising its historic foundation, the school aims to serve its community by providing education of the highest quality to its pupils; enabling pupils to take responsibility for their own learning and develop positive learning behaviours; fostering positive relationships within and outside school; promoting Christian values through the experience it offers all of its pupils.

The school’s history

Matthew Hutton was born in Warton in the sixteenth century, he pursued a career in the church. His biggest achievement was becoming Archbishop of York in 1596. His previous role was Bishop of Durham. When he was Bishop of Durham, Matthew Hutton set up a trust in 1594 to provide a grammar school where the children of Warton could be educated. The present school was built in 1971 and maintains its name as a link to more than four hundred years of education in Warton. The school’s motto reflects the values of Matthew Hutton: the Latin phrase ‘Deo et bonis literis’ means ‘For God and sound learning’.

The Archbishop Hutton’s Trust is a charity. The trustees’ role is to ensure that the school is led and managed according to its Christian foundation.

Archbishop Hutton’s School is a Voluntary Controlled school. This means that the school is controlled by Lancashire Local Authority rather than the Diocese of Blackburn. We have close links with St. Oswald’s Church and are looking forward to developing our relationship with Reverend Robin Figg, the new vicar. The school is involved with Warton Methodist Church led by Reverend Emma Holroyd and several other community organisations.

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