Our distinct Christian ethos underpins every aspect of Academy life at St Francis of Assisi. It is an ethos which is felt, lived and experienced by all. The everyday life of our Academy is firmly rooted in five unique key values, based on the Gospel message which provides hope for all. Students and staff are encouraged to put these values of respect, care, compassion, peace and reconciliation into action on a daily basis – in their words, attitudes and actions, as well as in the classroom corridor and community.
Collective worship is at the heart of daily life in the Academy. Students engage in daily acts of worship and prayer, in form time and during year group assemblies. As noted by Ofsted inspectors, who found the effectiveness of the provision for Collective Worship at the Academy to be outstanding, we involve as many of the community as possible in the planning and presenting of worship. Our beautiful Chapel offers students and staff the opportunity to take time out for a moment of reflection, prayer and quiet time. All students have the opportunity to celebrate liturgical events as well as getting involved with a number of local, national and global charities.
Our Mission Statement
At the heart of this Catholic-Anglican Academy lies the Christian belief that each person is unique and of great value, made in the image of God the Father; restored to that image by Jesus, in the power of the Holy Spirit.
Students from different cultural backgrounds, other faiths or no faith are welcomed and respected. We are committed to sustaining our environment both locally and globally.
We aim to help all of our young people recognise a sense of meaning in their lives as we work together to promote the spiritual, emotional, moral and intellectual development of everyone.
Our Values In Action
We have high expectations of our students and we believe that good behaviour, along with good attendance and punctuality form the basis of successful learning.
The values of the Academy of St Francis of Assisi are based on a Gospel message which provides hope for all. They are:
We are creating a caring community
We show compassion to all
We show respect for all creation
We work for peace and reconciliation
The Pastoral care and guidance of each student is the responsibility of all staff and is closely managed and monitored by Senior Leadership with an Assistant Vice-Principal assigned to each year group.
Personal, Social, Health and Citizenship
We firmly believe that our curriculum should prepare students forlife. Academic subjects are very important, but equally important are those lessons in which students learn about themselves, their relationships with others and their role in society.
Sexual Health and Relationship Education
All students follow a sexual health and relationships course which stresses the values and importance of family life and is taught in the spirit of Christian views on love and marriage.
The Academy’s unique specialism is sustainable development and the environment. Our commitment to sustainability can be seen throughout the school. We care about the energy and water we consume, the waste we produce, the food we serve, and the day-to-day difficulties faced by our own students. We take a keen interest in the people living in our community, as well as having numerous links with communities throughout the world.
It impacts on their learning, behavior, engagement and well being, enhancing the inclusive and caring nature of our Academy.
As a result of its cross curricular nature, it brings our students’ learning experiences together.
By modelling sustainable practices,students will gain the knowledge, skills and attitudes to actively contribute to a sustainable society in the future.
It allows our students to contribute to their community and family life.
It develops active participation and fosters citizenship for the world and its people.