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​​​​​​​Our Vision and Values

At Sir Thomas Wharton we will provide inspirational learning experiences in a secure environment promoting self-discipline, the motivation to work hard and to support all our students to achieve aspirational outcomes.

We pledge to enable all our young people to achieve and celebrate, through secure progression routes, a breadth of high quality experiences that will provide them with qualifications, skills and personal qualities to be successful and competitive in a global economy.


Sir Thomas Wharton Academy Motto:

"Learning for Life,  Succeeding Together"


Sir Thomas Wharton Academy values students for who they are and for what they can give to the wider community. It is a happy, friendly and supportive Academy, which is proactive in enabling every young person to flourish and become a caring, compassionate citizen.

We promote British values of Democracy, Tolerance, Mutual Respect, Individual Liberty and the Rule of Law, and those of Social Responsibility, Caring for Others, Self-help, Self-responsibility, Equality, Equity, Solidarity, Honesty and Openness.

We value...

  • High expectations in both academic and personal achievement which is recognised and celebrated.

  • Inspirational teaching provided every lesson of every day with personalised feedback that enables all our students to secure excellent progress.

  • Relationships secured through Honesty and Tolerance, where individual differences are respected and students and adults are partners in learning.

  • Caring for Others in an ordered, safe and supportive community, free from bullying and harassment in which individuals are given the opportunity to develop Self-responsibility, self-discipline and self-worth.

  • Learning which is relevant to our needs, challenging, enjoyable and varied including the use of new technologies and which allows us to be creative and enterprising.

  • Self-help whereby our community learns how to learn, think, ask questions, solve problems, make thoughtful decisions and be self-evaluative.

  • The acquisition of knowledge and skills relevant to further and higher education, adult life and employment in a rapidly changing world.

  • A broad, rich and flexible curriculum which takes account of prior learning and experiences and through Solidarity enables individuals to progress and fulfil their potential.

  • Democracy and Openness in collaborative relationships with parents, carers, students, staff, community, constituencies plus business partners and other educational providers.

  • An Academy centered in Equality and Equity in which a person’s chances of success are not related to their disability, ethnicity, gender, religion, belief or faith and sexual orientation.

  • An Academy with Social Responsibility that extends to its local community, encourages pride and contributes to social and economic regeneration.


Who is Sir Thomas Wharton?

Sir Thomas Wharton was born in 1615 in the county of Westmoreland, the Sir Thomas Whartonsecond son of Sir Thomas Wharton and Lady Philadelphia Carey. The Whartons are descendants of Gilbert de Querton who was an officer with William the Conquerer in 1066.

Sir Thomas was created Knight of the Bath in 1626 and served in the army for 20 years in Ireland. In 1659 he was elected Member of Parliament for Westmoreland and supported the restoration of the Monarchy in 1660.

He married twice and in 1662 he purchased Edlington where he and his family lived. He had a passion for education and gave to the poor of Edlington by paying a Master to teach them to read and write and providing apprenticeships to local boys.

He died on 30th October 1684 and is buried in Edlington.

"A person of good breeding and great courtesy"

Jane Dand - Second wife to Sir Thomas Wharton.

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