Academy Values and Ethos
As a Church of England Academy, the Christian Ethos and Values filters through each and every aspect of our lives. We have been described as providing “a distinctively Christian environment in which all students and staff, from whatever background, are supported and encouraged to flourish and be the best they can be” (SIAMs Report 2016).
Saint Wilfrid’s holds worship right at the heart of the Academy and expresses its Christian Distinctiveness not only in the way we live out our lives together but in our collective worship life too. Whilst we recognise each member of the Academy has a different background and story, we seek to create an atmosphere where the God-given potential is drawn out of all, in order for them to thrive wherever life takes them.
Practically, we celebrate a new theme each week in a relevant and relatable way through collective worship, business assemblies and in form groups. This allows time for both staff and students to contemplate each theme.
One of the unique opportunities Saint Wilfrid’s has, is celebrating together at Blackburn Cathedral. Each year there are five occasions where the Academy comes together to share in communion and collective worship within the cathedral. Students get to access different forms of worship expression, such as dance, drama and music, as well as hearing a topical message from one of our local clergy.
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
– Jeremiah 29:11
As an Academy, we believe each student has the opportunity to influence far beyond the walls of the Academy. For this reason, we know it is essential to equip our students with Christian values that serve as an anchor in their lives.
The 13 pebbles each symbolise a value of the academy:
Trust, Koinonia, Love, Patience, Service, Honesty, Hope, Courage, Thankfulness, Forgiveness, Wisdom, Respect and Contentment.
Why pebbles? When a pebble is dropped into water, it creates a ripple effect which filters out across the water. This is what we believe our students can do; influence others in their communities, with these Christian values being the first thing people notice.