Christian Ethos

Our mission statement encapsulates our belief that it is our role as a school community to ensure that all pupils reach their full potential and develop to the full as unique children of God.  We therefore ensure the highest levels of pupil development and well-being.

The academy’s collective worship programme provides the opportunity for pupils to develop an understanding of the school’s Christian values and to consider how these impact on their life.  For example, reflection journals provide evidence of pupils considering what each value/theme means to them and how it may impact on their life.  As well as this, collective worship offers spiritual development opportunities.  Pupils are encouraged to reflect on their beliefs and thoughts in relation to the particular Christian value/theme.  The 5 key values of Joy, Hope, Forgiveness, Wisdom and Perseverance are central to our vision.

The Personal Development curriculum has been personalised to meet the specific needs of pupils at each stage of their development.  As well as meeting the requirements for Citizenship and PSHE education, the PD curriculum follows lines of enquire that support pupils’ SMSC development and enables them to understand the world from a local, national and global perspective.  Through the PD curriculum, pupils are encouraged to explore new ways of living out Christian values such as service and respect.  Pupils are given the opportunity to learn about and participate in positive community action e.g. Charity events.

The trust and academy’s mission statements and core Christian values inform all aspects of the Inclusion policy.  All pupils are supported and encouraged to do their very best in terms of both academic progress and areas we may consider ‘skills for life’.  This includes helping to support pupils with their learning (removing barriers to progress where possible) and with their daily social, emotional and mental health needs.

The mentoring programme offered in our Inclusion Room to all pupils in school ensures that no pupil is left to deal with issues alone.  Christian values underpin many of the conversations between staff and pupils and many pupils comment that they feel supported and valued.  Pupils with SEND are regularly supported both in and outside of lessons.  This can include support with mobility, changing for PE, and other personal care needs.  They are also supported in becoming independent learners with staff providing alternative learning opportunities such as The Prince’s Trust package of qualifications for those students who would struggle to manage with the demands of a mainstream academic curriculum.  This allows all pupils to achieve to the best of their ability.

Pupils’ well-being is at the centre of our pastoral system. We have a teaching Head of Year for each year group and a team of non-teaching Pastoral Managers for both Key Stages. This team is dedicated to the development and well-being of each pupil in school, regardless of ability or background. We believe in unlocking the God-given potential of every child.

We operate a Personal Development curriculum which incorporates elements of PHSE, SRE, citizenship and careers. Within this, our pupils develop positive attitudes towards work both in school and in the world of work outside school. We seek to support them as they explore possibilities for their future as they realise their potential. We hope to inform them so that they may choose wisely for their futures. This curriculum fosters a collaborative approach where pupils work together towards a common aim, promoting mutual support and raising self-esteem. Pupils receive individual tailored careers interviews in addition to the work on careers carried out in the classroom. There are also many opportunities to visit local employers and places of further education incorporated into our careers and personal development programme. This gives pupils a sense of hope for their lives beyond school.

Our mission statement encapsulates our belief that it is our role as a school community to ensure that all pupils reach their full potential and develop to the full as unique children of God.  We therefore strive to promote good attendance and reduce exclusion to ensure the highest levels of pupil development and well-being.

Good attendance is essential to not just a good education but also to a pupil’s contribution to the school community. We seek to develop perseverance in our pupils in order to help them overcome difficulties in getting to school every day. We do this through loving support; the attendance officer is fastidious in checking on the well-being of pupils who are not in school and as a team we seek to build support for families to ensure good attendance.

We also encourage good attendance through attendance challenges when pupils will monitor their own attendance and are rewarded for 100% attendance over each week. This raises awareness of the importance of good attendance and highlights the impact of poor attendance as we encourage pupils to hope for a prosperous and healthy future.