"...the review continued to demonstrate the school’s superb, naturally ingrained inclusive ethos." (IQM Flagship Review July 2020)

At Walton Le Dale, we need to lay the foundations for our students, because our young people, regardless of background, have something valuable to contribute.  It’s our privilege to have a role which is going to change the future, to shape society. 

Education can change young people’s lives. However, education is for life and is more than preparing students for exams. We want our students to leave with the best exam results possible, but we also want them to leave us as well rounded people. We want our students to live effectively, now and in the future, as individuals, members of groups and in society at large, with due respect for their community and the environment.

We acknowledge that every person is unique, with individual strengths and weaknesses, needs, likes and dislikes, regardless of age, sex, race or ability and we seek to value everyone equally. As a learning community Walton-le-Dale prides itself on concern for the individual. We value everyone equally.

As a small school we are able to form strong positive relationships with each other. These relationships are at the heart of what we do and achieve together.

"Pupils said that this is a welcoming school where all are included" Ofsted report 2022


We ask three things of our students and staff:

  • To be READY to work to the best of their ability, having pride in themselves and their work.
  • To show RESPECT for others and be supportive of the needs and rights of others.
  • Their behviour and conduct allow every member of our community to be SAFE

We believe these three principles form the basis for the way in which we do things at Walton-le-Dale. Being Ready, Respectful and Safe is the Walton Le Dale way.