St Edward's Church of England Academy

Ethos & Values

‘Life in all its Fullness’

The St Edward’s Way – Our Vision and Ethos

The vision and ethos of St Edward’s Academy is hinged around the ambition that all members of our community should live ‘Life in all its fullness’.  This is achieved through our HOPE values. 


At St Edward’s Church of England Academy, it is our primary aim that every member of our community feels valued and respected, and that each person is treated fairly and well, within a climate of mutual trust and respect.

St Edward’s Academy is founded on Christian values and we exist to educate young people towards excellence in all dimensions of their lives, recognising the uniqueness of each and the equality of all.

Our Mission

To ensure that every student leaves St Edward’s as the best that they can be: confident, articulate and culturally aware. We will make sure that we know every child, have the highest expectations of them and are there to support and guide them on the pathway from childhood to self-realisation as a young adult.  Students feel safe, valued and accepted.

Pillars of HOPE

Our Vision

Humanity: Students flourish in a calm, purposeful and orderly environment which is established through consistent high expectations and explicit teaching of self-discipline, resilience and kindness. Students develop character and become knowledgeable, thoughtful and articulate citizens of the world. St Edward’s students make a positive contribution to society.

Optimism:  Students understand the opportunities that a school and university education will afford and engage with enthusiasm in their learning. They develop a growth mindset and believe that they can be successful. They develop their passions, creativity and interests through the wider curriculum (enrichment). Students believe that everybody has the right to equal opportunities in a safe, inclusive school community where everyone can flourish.

Perseverance: Our ethos and curriculum enables students to develop a framework of knowledge and understanding in each subject area and our wider motivates students to persevere and understand that grit underpins success and long-term happiness. Students understand that self-development and social development require self-reflection and effort over time.

Excellence: Teachers are subject experts with an excellent understanding of the intellectual journey they are taking their students on. High standards are set and students are able to achieve excellent progress and outcomes in their academic work. All members of staff see themselves as leaders within an aligned community of professionals and create high performing teams to drive school improvement.

Our Values

Humanity: We are honest and take responsibility for our actions; we are open, straightforward and transparent to build trust; we treat others as we would want to be treated ourselves; respect for ourselves and each other lie at the heart of our professional community. We know that we will achieve more together than we can alone.

Optimism: We believe that, through an unwavering positivity, commitment to improvement and hard work, we can all develop our abilities to be great. We act on feedback because we know that we can be better tomorrow than we were today.

Perseverance: We work hard and we are reliable. We reflect on our practice; address our weaknesses and celebrate our strengths. We work hard to master the knowledge of each subject and build the habits of learning.

Excellence: We do the right thing even when no-one is watching; We plan ahead with depth and detail and meet deadlines; we do all we can to be the best that we can be.