The St Lawrence Academy Vision Statement
Our inclusive Church of England Academy seeks to transform lives.
We do this by encouraging all members of our school community to:
- seek good
- show resilience
- feel empowered
- be advocates of change
- work together effectively as a team
- show generosity, respect, justice, forgiveness, and be truthful
We create a stimulating, challenging and rewarding learning environment in which all are supported to flourish and strive for excellence. We help our students feel strong today so they can have bright hope for tomorrow.
“Christ has no body now but yours. No hands, no feet on earth but yours. Yours are the eyes through which he looks compassion on this world. Yours are the feet with which he walks to do good.”
Teresa of Avila
The House System – Vision Statement
To build and implement a whole school house system at the academy with purpose of building student character and improving student engagement, progress and attainment.
The five core values of generosity, respect, justice, forgiveness and truth are central to the house system, and are shared by all houses. All house leaders have responsibility for embedding the five core values into their house leader roles, responsibilities and activities.
Regular house assemblies are a key method for promoting the core values.
Each house leader has responsibility for 3 different strands of students’ personal development that are linked directly to character education, PSHE, RSE, social, moral, spiritual and cultural development. Students participate in activities in house groups to engage in healthy competition between houses.
The House system helps to build a cohesive academy community that is forged on social, cultural and religious awareness. There is a focus on how restoration, reconciliation and forgiveness can create a more harmonious academy community. Students’ understanding of Christianity, biblical references and religious literacy is developed in all aspects of academy life.
The house system grows an ethos that supports and nurtures wellbeing and cultivates an environment that enables all students to flourish. The house leaders work in partnership with local religious leaders and groups. Students are encouraged to develop their cultural awareness and emotional intelligence through activities such as the debating society and student council. The houses lead on delivering awareness and activities during Diversity Month and also promote, develop and enhance the role of our student diversity leaders and encourage more student led diversity projects, programmes and events, whilst also promoting British values within our unique academy context and that of the local community. The house leaders work with curriculum and progress leaders to ensure that Christianity and biblical references are included within their curriculum planning, mapping and learning activities where appropriate.