Vision and Ethos


The academy is inclusive and caters for the needs of all students.  The central importance of spirituality is the driving force for the academy’s ethos. It inspires all that the academy does – leadership, learning and personal development.

A whole child approach to education has been adopted so that every student is given opportunities to develop knowledge, skills and understanding through an open mind.

Our ethos is realised through personalising the curriculum and academy experience for each student, responding to their learning needs by creating provision that is appropriate whether it is academic, personal, social, moral or spiritual.

The St Lawrence Academy will serve a diverse community with complex needs. The unique feature of the academy will be the central importance of spirituality, which will be the driving force for the ethos of the academy.


Spiritual Development Through an Open Mind

Placing spirituality and the spiritual development of everyone at the heart of the academy is the central distinctive contribution of the Church of England as sponsor of the academy. The Academy strives to create a learning environment, curriculum, experiences and relationships in which the passion of all our students can find expression, be nourished and developed. Academically, the Academy seeks to bring coherence to both the Christian story and the story of other faiths in the community as resources for cultural understanding and personal growth.

As an academy, we are committed to the values of:

  •  TRUTH

These values are used to determine the policies and practices of the academy.

The academy ethos takes a whole-child approach to education in which every student is given opportunities to develop their knowledge, skills, understanding and their open-mindedness. Central to this is spiritual development, which will give students the self-belief that will enable them to improve their basic skills, and attain standards at KS3 and KS4 in excess of normal expectations. The academy ethos will be realised through the following:

  1. Developing open-mindedness and taking spiritual development seriously. The discovery of value and possibility beyond self will be reflected in the nature of the every day interactions that take place in the academy. They will be developed through a range of experiences that students and staff can draw on to better understand themselves and their relationship with others and the wider world. These interactions and relationships are characterised by truth, justice, forgiveness, generosity and respect.
  2. Personalising the curriculum and academy experience for each student. Personalisation will be achieved through the careful use of data and mentoring to ensure programmes are tailored to meet students needs. The academy will explicitly teach personal, social and thinking skills that allow students to manage their own learning and gain independence.
  3. Fostering a culture of inclusion in which students of every background are welcomed, nurtured and developed and every student is personally supported in their lives. This commitment is inspired, informed and underpinned by the core Christian values of truth, justice, forgiveness, generosity and respect.
  4. Partnering with other schools, colleges, the local authority and the wider community. These partnerships will provide the support and range of opportunities that learners need to succeed. The academy will work with the local community to enhance social cohesion and to encourage life long learning.