What does ethos mean?

Ethos is defined as the characteristic spirit of a community as demonstrated by its beliefs and aspirations. These are reflected in two elements in our school:

  • The taught ethos – an ethical programme, the ‘Learn Together Curriculum’, delivered by teachers in class
  • The lived ethos – the atmosphere, relationships, culture and attitudes. How we relate to each other and the values and attitudes experienced by our children.

Our blog page features most recent updates and shows examples of the lived experience of ethos:


What are the Educate Together pillars or principles?

  • Equality based & multi-denominational : equal respect for all religious backgrounds and none, and for and the social and cultural background of each child
  • Co-educational: promotion of gender equality in the classroom to ensure that girls and boys are actively integrated, and sexual stereotyping is avoided, both in attitudes and teaching materials
  • Child-centred:  decision-making based on children’s best interests; the school aims to be a placewhere a child’s quest for growth, self-development and knowledge is fully acknowledged, facilitated and encouraged
  • Democratically run: the promotion of input from all members of the school community; the school is run by management committees which are democratically elected and the involvement of all parents is sought and encouraged


Mission Statement

Dalkey School Project National School strives to create a happy, friendly, inclusive, educational environment where each child is unique and valued. We are a welcoming school where diverse talents are appreciated and the school community works together respectfully. We cooperate to have a peaceful and safe atmosphere in which to learn and teach. We nurture each person’s potential and aspire to excellence.

Our Ethos Committee aims to support and strengthen the lived ethos through engagement with the school community. We encourage all parents/guardians to be actively involved in promoting our inclusive, equality-based ethos.