Ethos and Values

Our core values of humanity, honesty and humility are a guide to the way we do things at Carlton le Willows – how we interact with each other and how we work together to achieve our vision, mission and goals.

Humanity means acting with kindness and compassion.

(Being a take care school)

Honesty means acting with personal and professional integrity.

((Moral leadership)

Humility means acting with calm  determination.

(Being of good character)


CharacterResilient and confident individuals well equipped to lead safe, happy and healthy lives.
AmbitionAspirational for the future, with the skills and knowledge to reach your full academic potential.
Respect Ready for responsibility, respectful of others’ beliefs, cultures and values with the ability to work together in all situations.
EnrichmentEffective lifelong learners who take all the opportunities that life at CLW offers and are confident to discover new talents and passions.
SuccessWell prepared for the next steps in your journeys and ready for success in the world of work or further education.

Our Motto

Nihil Nisi Optimum (nothing but the best)

is the high standard to which we aspire.

Carlton le Willows has long had a reputation in the area as a caring school where the high expectations of pupils contributes much to the success they have achieved in examinations over many years.

We are proud of our strong reputation and work hard to ensure every student has the opportunity to better their best. We are committed to achieving our overriding goal that is set out in our motto ‘Nihil Nisi Optimum’ (Nothing but the best).

The motto is our promise to parents, it is a statement of our intent and a description of what we do. Le Willows has served this community since the fifties and several generations of students have come and gone, each richly benefitting from the high standards, high levels of achievement, warm relationships, good discipline and the strong sense of purpose we offer here. We believe we make a difference in the lives of the children with whom we work and we are proud of our record of success.