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The West Grantham
Academies Trust

Creativity Responsibility Wisdom

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CHRISTIAN DISTINCTIVENESS

Recognising its historic foundation, the academies within our Trust will preserve and develop their religious character in accordance with the principles of the Church of England and in partnership with the Churches at parish and diocesan level.

The academies aim to serve its community by providing an education of the highest quality within the context of Christian belief and practice. It encourages an understanding of the meaning and significance of faith, and promotes Christian values through the experience it offers to all its pupils.

Our values of creativity, responsibility and wisdom have a deeper meaning within a Christian context, and we seek to draw out these values and celebrate them in all aspects of academy life.

Value Trust Value Christian Value Meaning
Creativity Creativity Creation God saw all that he made, and it was very good.
Responsibility Responsibility Service You, my brothers, were called to be free.  But do not use your freedom to indulge the sinful nature; rather, serve one another in love.  The entire law is summed up in a single command: ‘Love your neighbour as yourself’.
Wisdom Understanding Wisdom Blessed are those who find wisdom, those who gain understanding …

Students and staff do not have to be Christians to attend St Hugh’s or St John’s, however we support those who are practising Christians.  Rather, what we seek to achieve is an understanding that we are all God’s children, and as such, are all welcome, regardless of faith or religion.  We learn to accept and appreciate the viewpoints of others so that we can build a greater understanding in a diverse community, both locally, and on a wider stage.  Through this understanding, we hope to provide a level of religious literacy which will allow all our community to live and work together in greater harmony.
Collective Worship will provide a time for students and staff to pray and experience a moment of reflection in God’s presence.

Collective Worship will focus mainly on Christian themes, however where appropriate, they may focus on other belief systems to convey a spiritual message.
Music will be used to enhance the occasion of Collective Worship, and students and staff will be able to share the joy of song together.

Support and guidance is offered to our academies by the Diocese of Lincoln and we are fortunate to have our own chaplain, Reverend David Shenton to lead worship on occasion, as well as the Reverend Sue Evans, who is also one of our Foundation Directors.  Other officers from the Diocese support us with curriculum and leadership advice and guidance.

Students and staff will be provided with opportunities to share in acts of Collective Worship in different settings, including St John’s church in Grantham, as well as attending the Lincoln Cathedral School Festivals. 

 

Susan Dench
Executive Headteacher