The academy vision is to ensure that all members of the National community experience ‘life in all its fullness’. As a Church of England academy, we believe that everyone is a child of God, created in his image and with the potential to grow into his likeness. Our role as an academy is to create a place of learning where:
- young people are engaged on a joyful lifetime of learning
- each person is uniquely valued
- gifts, potential and spirituality are nurtured and developed
- the academy community is welcoming for those of all faiths and none
We believe in providing opportunities for our full academy community to develop as children of God – to deepen their learning, develop their sense of identity and become active members in the wider community.
We believe in strong Christian values which underpin everything we do. Our expectation is that students develop and display these values throughout their time at National and beyond.
We believe we have been given unique talents and abilities. We want everyone to use these as fully as possible – academically and through arts, music and sport.
‘I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.’
By respecting others, the environment and ourselves, we can help to create a better society.
‘Show respect for everyone.’
1 Peter 2:17
This means generosity of spirit – giving our time and energy to others and seeing the potential for good in others.
‘Do not forget to do good and to share with those in need.’
True humility is about greater self-awareness. We admit our limitations, and recognise the strengths and talents of others.
‘In humility value others above yourselves.’
Wisdom is a way of understanding things, which enables us to see what is true or right, and to use what we learn unselfishly.
‘Blessed are those who find wisdom, those who gain understanding.’
Proverbs 3:13 NIV
For Christians, everything we do is in service to God. Whether Christians or not, the idea of service should be central to everything we do.
‘Never be lazy, but work hard and serve the Lord enthusiastically.’
What is the keystone?
At the National Church of England Academy, it is God as seen in the life of Jesus and as experienced today through the working of the Holy Spirit who is the keystone holding our community together.
‘Anyone who listens to my teaching and follows it is wise like a person who builds a house on solid rock’