St Edward's Church of England Academy

Spirituality at St Edward’s Academy

What is spirituality?

Spirituality is a broad concept with room for many perspectives. In general, it includes a sense of connection to something bigger than ourselves, and it typically involves a search for meaning in life. As such, it is a universal human experience – something that touches us all. 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.

How we aim to develop a strong sense of spirituality

Students starting our school will visit our local partner church and take part in a service that encourages them to embrace their community. November is a time of remembrance whereby, as a school, we reminisce and celebrate the freedom bestowed by others. Advent begins a build-up to the whole school coming together to celebrate the birth of Jesus in an engaging and creative Christmas service. Lent commences with various initiatives and events that build towards another whole-school celebration of Easter. As a busy year comes to an end, we say goodbye to our Year 11 students through a special Leavers’ Service, which is their last time together as a year group, and we hold a Key Stage 3 service on the final day of the school year to celebrate achievement and to give thanks for God’s presence in our lives.

At St Edward’s, we encourage spiritual development through a variety of activities and events; some experiences act as a ‘window’.  These give students opportunities to become aware of the world in new ways. Other events act as ‘mirrors’, which give our students opportunities to reflect and meditate on life’s big questions and to consider some possible answers. Some of the ways we develop a strong sense of spirituality within the curriculum include:

Our vision is to continue to develop the Christian ethos of the school through fully celebrating our faith as a community whilst encouraging respect for and understanding of other religions.

Structures to support and develop spirituality:

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 spirituality connects our relationships with ourselves, our family, friends, and our community to God and to all of creation. This is achieved through:

Impact: how do we know this is being effective?

Spiritually 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.

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