Christian Ethos and Values

Academy Vision

‘Faith in Our Future’ is based on three Christian themes linked to three Bible verses:

Faith ‘…With God all things are possible’ – Matthew 19:26

Hope ‘For I know the plans I have for you’ declares the Lord ‘plans to prosper and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future’ – Jeremiah 29:11

Love ‘Love your neighbour as you love yourself’ – Matthew 22:39

Academy Values

Student Leadership members created the Academy’s Mission Statement ‘FAMILY’ in November 2015 which sums up the very heart of what St Anne’s Church of England Academy aims to achieve:

Faith: We keep Christian values at the centre of everything we do
Ambition: We strive to achieve our best
Multicultural: We strive to be accepting and supportive of all students and staff and value each and every individual
Independence: To take responsibility for our own learning
Lifelong Learners: Developing knowledge and skillset in preparation for life as a global citizen
Your Future: Nurturing self-esteem to equip individuals with the skills and values for a successful future

The Governing Board and staff at St Anne’s are committed to providing a high quality education for our students underpinned by Christian values.  We work hard to create a caring, safe and happy environment in which our children and young people can learn and grow together, achieve their potential and develop into independent, responsible and caring members of society.

We provide many opportunities throughout school to enable our students to explore the Christian Faith, develop their understanding of God and their relationship with Him.  From Faith Assemblies, Collective Worship, Faith Form Time activities and the Religious Education curriculum to community events, charity fund-raising, Academy extra-curricular activities and links with local Churches, students are encouraged to nurture and value their relationships with family, friends and others by demonstrating mutual respect and positive attitudes or by supporting when someone when they really need it, even if this is just a kind word or smile.

Students are taught to take pride in the Academy community, to take responsibility for their attendance, punctuality and learning, be respectful, wear their uniform with pride and strive for excellence in every lesson.  Students have embraced the core British Values of democracy, tolerance, mutual respect, responsibility, the rule of law and individual liberty.  A group of More Able students recently created a display to show how students can support these values through their behaviour.

The Academy has strong links with local community groups such as Demesne Community Centre and with Middleton Food Bank [especially during Harvest season].  Students regularly participate in community related events including a weekly Luncheon Club for Demesne members, a Tea Dance, Christmas Meal and holiday activities.  Demesne members are also invited to Academy events including the annual Firework event.

The Principal and Academy Chaplain co-lead the Faith aspect and develop the Academy Faith Programme with the Faith Team.  The Chaplain provides pastoral support to both students and staff [as part of the Academy Pastoral Team], delivers Faith Assemblies with the Principal to all Year Groups and has some responsibilities for curriculum delivery in relation to Communication, PHSE and Singing lessons.

The Academy Pastoral Team as a whole delivers outstanding care to our students and their families, especially during difficult times.  It is important that everyone feels valued and cared for and feedback tells us that students and their families appreciate the lengths that the Academy goes to in order to provide support where it is needed and at the right time.

Religious Education Curriculum

KS3 students learn about topics including ‘Who is Jesus?’, ‘What are Ethics?’ and ‘What is the value of Creation?’  Students consider the philosophy of religion and morality and the ultimate questions of life.  They learn about the world around them and how to interact with those who have different opinions to themselves.  Students also spend time learning about other Faiths including Islam and Sikhism.

KS4 students undertake either the AQA Religious Education [RE] GCSE qualification studying Christianity, Sikhism and ethical themes or The Archbishop of York Award which is a more practical Faith study programme.  The Academy achieved excellent GCSE results in RE in Summer 2017 with 61% of students achieving a grade C or better.

KS5 students follow a bespoke Academy Faith Programme including a weekly Faith session and regular motivational speakers from all walks of life.

Acts of Worship

Students engage well during Faith Assemblies and Faith Form Time activities, including a daily prayer.  The Academy celebrates key events in the Christian calendar with services held in local Churches at Christmas and Easter.

A group of students attend Youth events held at a local Church in Manchester on Friday nights, some of whom go on to commit their lives to God through Baptism.

Through shared opportunities for self-reflection and worship, students develop their own identity and learn about God and hope for the future; they learn about the importance of accepting everyone and being an active member of the Academy community in order to enjoy their education, make friends and fulfil their potential.

Parental Right of Withdrawal

Parents have the legal right to withdraw their children from Religious Education and Collective Worship and, if they wish to do so, should discuss the matter with the Principal in the first instance.

SIAMS Report November 2018

SIAMS said:

The school’s distinctive Christian vision was judged – Good

  • ‘The strong commitment to its Christian vision, particularly the ideal of love for neighbour, means that the school is particularly valued for its outstanding contribution to wellbeing across the wider neighbourhood, as well as in the lives of its own pupils.’
  • ‘Pupils learn particularly well in the creative subjects, gaining breadth of experience, opportunities for excellence and enhanced self-esteem.  This contributes strongly to the impact of the Christian vision.’

The impact of collective worship was judged – Excellent

  • ‘Relationships are the beating heart of the life of St Anne’s.  Each strand of the vision is grounded in biblical teaching but the reference to loving your neighbour as you love yourself [Matthew 22:39] is the one most frequently quoted across the school.’
  • ‘The school goes the extra mile to ensure that pupils and families know that they are cared for and, because of this, there is a strong sense of trust for the school and its work.’
  • ‘The most striking impact of worship is the way it inspires people to action.  Pupils’ work for charity is outstanding.’
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