Our Vision (Who we are)
We are a caring and disciplined Church of England school pursuing academic excellence and moral integrity. Our school is built on.
‘Caritas’ and ‘Veritas’ - God’s love and truth
Our students know caritas: empathy, kindness and serving others.
"…abounding in love and faithfulness." (Exodus 34:6)
They grow in veritas: humility, knowledge and faithfulness.
"…full of grace and truth." (John 1:14)
Our Values (What we do)
We enable our students to flourish in every area of their lives through:
Believing that there is no limit to what we can achieve.
"I can do all things, through Christ who gives me strength" Philippians 4:13
Creating a challenging, supportive and inclusive learning environment. "And the child grew in wisdom and stature, and in favour with God and man." Luke 2:52
Sustaining an ethos that values and nurtures individuals. "Be kind to one another, compassionate, forgiving one another, just as God has forgiven you through Christ." Ephesians 4:32
Celebrating and taking pride in success. "Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not man." Colossians 3:23
Cultivating an enquiring mind and a love of learning. "The heart of the discerning acquires knowledge, for the ears of the wise seek it out." Proverbs 18:15
Developing a respect for self and others. "Finally, all of you, have unity of mind, sympathy, brotherly love, a tender heart, and a humble mind." 1 Peter 3:8
Preparing students to be fit for the world. "Do not forget to do good and share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased." Hebrews 13:6
Loving our neighbours as ourselves "Jesus said, ‘My command is this: Love one another as I have loved you.’" John 15:12
Our Vocation (How we live)
Alongside academic excellence, we encourage our students to develop their personal spiritually and also to work towards the prestigious CARITAS AWARD (KS3) and VERITAS AWARD (KS4).
How can I develop my personal spirituality?
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Each week all students have a Christian assembly, led either by a local minister or our school chaplain. The assemblies are inclusive, and respect those of all faiths and non. The subjects are often topical and always relevant to living out our ethos of truth and love.
Following on from our week’s Collective Worship, students will have an opportunity each week during their tutor sessions to reflect upon the subject, discuss and debate their thoughts and practically apply it to their lives. This is often a time when ideas to make a positive difference, both great and small are birthed and implemented.
Each Friday, during form tutor time at the start of the day there is Chapel Service, led by either a local minister or our school chaplain, this is a completely invitational opportunity. A great opportunity to reflect upon the greater things in life at the end of a busy school week.
THL (Truth-Hope-Love) meets each Wednesday lunch time in the Chapel. Informal discussion, fun and encouragement for Christian students and/or those wanting to explore issues of life and faith.
Several of our Christian students have become Ambassadors within the school. This involves meeting regularly with our school chaplain. They represent the school at many events both within the school and the wider community. They are ambassadors of our school vision and values and represent our Christian student voice.
The school chaplain holds a ‘Drop in’ in the chapel every Friday lunch time to support students who want to chat, need a bit of extra support or have a great idea. The door is open to all.
As a church school, our Charity Reps from each form meet with our Student Executive Council to see how we can work together to make positive change. Each year students will select a local charity, plus our Ugandan Partnership School and look at creative ways in which we can actively support these, both financially and by raising awareness.
Sadly there are times when students need extra support for family bereavement. As such we have formed ‘Thrive’, a support group which meets monthly with our school chaplain (and individually in between times) to enable students to draw support from each other as they navigate the road ahead without their parent or loved one.
There is a prayer meeting each Wednesday morning in the Chapel before school for those staff who would like to meet together to pray for the needs of the school and wider communities
Each form has representatives on our School Council and together they form our Student Voice. The School Council represents the views of their form and meet together with the chaplain and the Executive Student Council, the latter of whom then meet with our Head teacher on a termly basis. Innovative and positive changes have been implemented to our school as a result!
Each week. Students have a Pastoral, Empathy, Tutor Session. This is an opportunity to explore topical issues which equips students to make good life choices. Our school supports and teaches British Values and the respect of all citizens.
There are lots of opportunities for students to talk about anything that is bothering them. Each Year group has a dedicated Pastoral Manager, plus they have their Form Tutor, Head of Year, School Chaplain and we have a dedicated School Counsellor. We also encourage peer support, for students to actively look out for each other on a daily basis.
The Chapel serves as a quite prayer space for students who would like to take a little time out to reflect, and the door is always open for this purpose. Several times a year it will be transformed into a prayer space where students can engage in more creative prayer and reflection.
Around the school are many beautiful pieces of Christian artwork designed by our students, and each department has a display board with an appropriate bible scripture, reminding us that our faith is to permeate every area of our lives.
Our school has a school prayer which is said each week in our Collective Worship and Chapel Services:
Thank you for our school,
for friendship and learning.
Teach us to love you and to serve each other.
Guide us in your truth and teach us wisdom.
Give us humble hearts and honest lives.
Show us your love and help us to practice it.
Through the grace of Jesus Christ, your Son.