St Edward's Church of England Academy

Christian Distinctiveness

As a Church of England school, we follow the teachings of Christ and the ethos of the school is at the heart of our teaching and learning. We encourage and develop both Christian and moral values.  Our core aim is to instil values of mercy, integrity, care and compassion, humility, equality, achievement, leadership, and service, all bound within a spirit of Christian love and action.

At St Edward’s, we encourage character development through a variety of activities and events.  Some experiences act as a ‘window’.  These give students opportunities to become aware of the world and themselves in new ways.  Other events act as ‘mirrors’, which give our students opportunities to reflect and meditate on characteristics we deem valuable to attain and embed into our life. Some of the ways that we develop a strong sense of virtue include:

St Edward’s is a school that encourages reflection on the meaning and purpose of life and the values by which we live. We foster an understanding of how personal development connects our relationships with ourselves, our family, friends and our community and works for the greater good of society and community cohesion.  Some of the ways we do this include:

We believe the character of our students is maturing, as holistically developed children love and accept themselves and enjoy good relationships with each other.  They take an interest and delight in the world around them; they are open to what lies beyond the material, which may manifest itself in faith or belief in God. They are able to express and understand feelings, they have a strong moral sense and a love of what is good. They are able to enjoy quiet and stillness, possess an active imagination, and show joy in creativity and discovering new skills.

As a school community, our students are very much encouraged to live well together with dignity and respect and this is demonstrated by:

We, as a school, also realise and accept that we do not have all the expertise in-house and so invite and use many external agencies to further develop good characteristics within our school community.  Such people and organisations include:

In summary, the strong ethos of the school is key and the tool that we believe aids us to build good, upstanding, resilient and respectful students of the present, but ultimately contributors to a brighter future for the UK and beyond.

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