Teaching enduring personal attributes: The Malvern Qualities

When your children come to Malvern, they begin a journey aimed at developing certain character traits which we believe are important to their continued success in life, beyond school. These require definition and regular discussion. We do not say that the Malvern Qualities are the only ones which should be inculcated in young people, but we have noticed that our pupils benefit, to an unusual degree, from the focus placed on them here. Spurred on by the qualities, they become sophisticated thinkers with a realistic approach to their own talents and abilities, they develop the capacity to see themselves as others see them and their interpersonal skills are boosted. Malvernians strive for success, but can cope with setbacks, they are confident, but not arrogant and they see learning as a lifelong experience. They are optimistic about the future.
The Malvern Qualities have a circular dimension inasmuch as each impacts upon several others and they are not listed in any specific order: ambition, risk-taking, resilience, self-awareness, open-mindedness, kindness, collaboration, curiosity, independence, humility and integrity are qualities we try to imbue in your children at Malvern. 

Do you respond positively to setbacks, and face challenges with confidence and good humour?

Can you see failures as an inevitable part of learning and improving who you are?

Do you finish what you start?


Do you understand your own strengths and weaknesses and are you reflective and take responsibility for yourself and your actions?

Do you set yourself targets?

Are you aware of the impression you create and display excellent manners accordingly?



Are you able to recognise and value a range of options?

Are you receptive to new ideas?

Can you see issues and ideas from a range of perspectives and do you embrace a global outlook?


Do you look after others?

Are you considerate and compassionate?

Are you able to show appreciation for what others offer?

Are you working with others to bring about the greater good?

Do you know when and how to include others?

Can you make the most of the strengths and qualities of others?



Are you audacious and do you take risks to explore new experiences?

Do you challenge yourself to do things you find difficult?

Are you willing to try new things or do you prefer to stick to the orthodox?


Do you pursue knowledge and understanding for its own sake?

And do you seek to know more and explore new things?

Do you ask lots of questions to enable you to deepen your understanding?

Are you confident in the value of your interests?


Do you wish to do the best you can and make the most of every opportunity afforded to you?

Do you believe that effort will improve your future prospects?

Do you let others hold you back?


Do you feel that you take responsibility for yourself?

Do you motivate your actions and are you unafraid to stand apart and be different if the situation calls for it?


Are you true to your own beliefs and are you honest with yourself?

Do you feel that you have a strong moral compass?


Do you acknowledge that individual success often relies on team effort?

Do you see that success is important but that it is not everything?

Do you recognise that others may not be as privileged as you?