Garibaldi College

Welcome to Garibaldi College. Founded in the 1960s, we have gone from strength-to-strength, innovating education over the years for 11 to 18-year-olds. With our built-to-last mantra, we strive to offer an engaging educational experience.

Ofsted described the college as being ‘inclusive and caring’ providing students with quality support for those who need it. The best way to judge us is through our achievements.

The words ‘pride’, ‘respect’ and ‘achieve’ summarise our vision. We encourage our students to take pride in themselves, the school and their community. We believe that all members of the school should behave well and show respect for each other. Therefore, when our students leave, they will have achieved well and developed the skills and qualities that they will need for a successful future.

Our exam results show that our vision is working. However, words cannot replicate the spirit of Garibaldi learning environment. To get a real understanding of what Garibaldi College is all about, please feel free to contact us and arrange a visit.

Garibaldi College – Pride, Respect, Achieve 

The well being and success of our students is at the centre of the Garibaldi College vision. The college is a safe environment where students can feel comfortable, well supported and confident. We believe that it is our duty to develop the aspirations of our students and we encourage students to set high standards for themselves. As a result, targets are high and we expect high quality teaching and a personalised approach to learning to support our students to achieve. Our students take pride in themselves and in being a part of Garibaldi College. We help students develop teamwork and leadership skills. Most importantly our students learn how to respect themselves and others. We are clear in the way that we expect our students to conduct themselves with all members of our community. Therefore, by the time our students leave, they have gained the skills, qualities and qualifications needed for a successful future.

Staff show genuine concern for every student in their charge. Strong, supportive and trusting relationships ensure that the welfare of each student is catered for. This caring ethos sits within a structure that provides support for students and ensures regular contact with parents and carers. We actively engage and listen to parents, making sure their views shape school policies. We work with them as partners in their child’s learning, personal development and well being.

Garibaldi College is a very effective school, which serves its local community well by providing a first rate education to all its students. We work in close partnership with other schools to ensure education across the local area is as good as it can be. We make sure that we are transparent and explain carefully to all stakeholders the purpose of what we are trying to do. Students that leave Garibaldi College are successful, thoughtful and independent. They have been encouraged to aim high and are well equipped to meet the future challenges that they will face.

Mission Statement

To create a supportive and caring learning community that gives all our students the confidence and opportunity to achieve and prepare them for a successful adult life.


Our aim is to build a college where students:

  • Take pride in themselves, the college and their community
  • Have respect for each other and the staff that are supporting them
  • Aim high and achieve well


We believe in:

  • raising aspirations
  • equality of opportunity
  • the power of positive relationship
  • working as part of a team
  • more good lessons more of the time
  • the importance of respect
  • a high standard of behaviour
  • giving responsibility in order to grow
  • achievement building self-confidence and happiness

Promoting British Values

We agree with the Department for Education’s five-part definition of Fundamental British Values:

  • Democracy
  • The rule of law
  • Individual liberty
  • Mutual respect
  • Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs

At the college students will encounter these principles throughout everyday college life. The importance of these values in our modern and diverse community is recognised across all curriculum areas. Our PSCHE curriculum in particular delivers opportunities for students to learn about and reflect upon these British Values.

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