Vision: The St Lawrence Academy will provide a transformational learning experience for every individual.

Mission: We will do this by creating a stimulating, challenging and rewarding learning environment in which all are supported to flourish, strive for excellence and succeed. The whole school community will benefit from experiences and relationships in which all individuals can find expression, be nourished and developed.

The academy is characterised by our core values of

Truth, Justice, Forgiveness, Generosity and Respect.

These values are core to this statement and our curriculum vision.

Introduction

At The St Lawrence Academy, we offer a Christian-based education to all children; grounded in the Diocesan vision of “excellence, exploration and encouragement within the love of God”. We strive to be an outstanding academy meeting the needs of all our learners in an inclusive, caring environment. We are sponsored by the Church of England Diocese of Lincoln with a strong Christian ethos. We welcome students from all backgrounds and faiths, regardless of ability. Students are encouraged to reach the highest standards possible, gaining the skills, qualifications and confidence to fulfil their dreams and ambitions.

As a church academy, we want all students to feel included and be inspired to develop their talents – whatever they may be. We offer a broad balanced curriculum and an environment for learning which inspires our students to do their very best.

Our students are excellent ambassadors for the academy and are proud to wear our uniform and be part of our aspirations for their future. We want them to be determined to succeed, confident in their abilities and fully involved in the life of the academy, the local community and beyond.

We are at the heart of our local community where we will always be the first choice for our families. We work in partnership with all our parents/carers to create a positive learning culture where success is expected and celebrated.

Vision and Ethos

Our 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, teaching 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 serves a diverse community with complex needs. The unique feature of the academy is the central importance of spirituality, which is the driving force for the ethos of the academy.

Our curriculum achieves this by:

1.Educating for Wisdom, Knowledge and Skills

AIM: for academy staff and leaders to apply their Christian vision to ensure curriculum and extracurricular opportunities meet the academic and spiritual needs of all students.

THEMES: Transforming Lives – Tenacity – Teamwork

2.Educating for Character Development, Hope, Aspiration and Courageous Advocacy

AIMS: For the academy’s Christian vision to support the character and moral development of all students, giving them aspiration for themselves and hope for the communities of which they are a part. For the academy’s Christian vision to inspire the whole school community to engage in social action and to be courageous advocates for change in their local, national and global communities.

THEMES: Aspirations – Advocacy – Attitude

3.Educating for Community and Living Well Together

AIM: for the academy’s Christian vision to promote social and cultural development through the practice of forgiveness and reconciliation that encourages good mental health, and enables all to flourish and live well together.

THEMES: Resilience – Recognition – Relationships

4.Educating for Dignity and Respect

AIM: for the academy’s Christian vision to create an environment that embraces difference where all students, whatever their background or ability, can flourish because all are treated with dignity and respect.

THEMES: Empathy – Edification – Empowerment

5.Educating for Worship, Reflection and Prayer

AIMS: to place spirituality and the spiritual development of everyone at the heart of the academy, to create a learning environment, curriculum, experiences and relationships in which the passion of all our students can find expression, be nourished and developed.

THEMES: Goodness – Godliness – Gifts of God