The chaplaincy at the Academy of Saint Francis of Assisi is central to the Christian heart of the school. It is from here that our Christian distinctiveness flows in living out the words of Christ, “Love one another as I have loved you”. The values of love and respect for all are lived out throughout our diverse academy. Pupils are encouraged through our collective worship programme to reflect and pray about their own value and their conduct towards others. They are given opportunities to live out these values practically and serve the wider world through acts of charity facilitated by the chaplaincy.

Pupils and staff access the chapel throughout the school day. During break and lunch times pupils can reflect, read scripture, listen to worship music and develop relationally by communing with one another. Our chaplain operates an open-door policy, with the chapel always available for spiritual and pastoral guidance for pupils and staff in the midst of relational conflict or suffering.

The Chaplaincy runs workshops throughout the school year aimed at building the spiritual and moral character of our pupils and meeting the needs of pupils who may be struggling. We also have extracurricular activities which include a boxing club aimed at teaching our learners the importance of self-control and respect, a Christian union where learners can deepen their understanding of the Christian faith through prayer and Bible study, and a school choir which offers opportunities for our learners to engage in worship through music.



In support of the Academy’s mission, the Academy is committed to the development of confident, independent and responsible students who are emotionally and spiritually strong, welcoming and tolerant of all cultures and communities and committed to the stewardship of the environment.

Our Academy Values





Peace & Reconciliation

Mission Statement

Success for all

Our Vision

A diverse learning community, that enables all our individuals to achieve

Our Ethos

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 Specialism

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.