Our aim is to help our pupils to become self-motivated, persevering children, with lively enquiring minds, who know not only a body of relevant knowledge, but also how to learn, all within a loving and caring Christian environment.
Abbey Academies Trust recognises that children are created in the image of God, but also values their individuality as they explore their own God given talents and are treated with respect and dignity at all times.
“And the child grew and became strong; he was filled with wisdom, and the grace of God was on him.”
We believe that each of our schools is unique and has its own identity according to its context and the needs of its pupils. Whilst committing to a common ethos we will celebrate and learn from each other’s diversity. The Trust promotes diversity linked to high standards and harmonisation of key policies and processes.
We also provide effective management services to each of our Academies, enabling Academy leaders to focus on their core task of Leadership and School Improvement as well as a more flexible staffing structure which can be developed across the Trust. High quality external CPD, which is not affordable for individual schools, is accessible for schools within AAT as we are able to share costs. Collaboration is at the heart of all we do and we work in partnership with other networks such as teaching school alliances and collaborative partnerships.
Across our Trust, we provide a safe and stimulating environment where all can flourish as children of God. Core Christian values permeate aspects of school life and the children live out these values in all that they do. Each term has a different Christian Value as a focus, and the children take great pride in demonstrating how they are able to live out these different values.
We have a vision of a community in which each person is offered the opportunity to fulfil their potential and to understand themselves to be valued for who they are. Through a stimulating and challenging learning environment, we pursue academic excellence and seek the flourishing of all members of the school community. As an inclusive and caring church school, our commitment is to help pupils become thoughtful, open-minded and compassionate human beings who have the knowledge, skills and motivation they need to bring about positive transformation in the world.
“Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways you can, in all the places you can, at all the times you can, to all the people you can, as long as you ever can.”
Collective Worship takes place daily and contributes significantly towards children’s spiritual development. Spirituality is valued and scope for reflection is provided both within the RE curriculum and throughout the school. This deepens the children’s spiritual, moral, social and cultural development (SMSC).
All schools have close links with their local village and town churches and children also visit and learn about festivals of other faiths and religions.
Our Christian Values are:
Creation and Respect & Reverence
Friendship and Peace
Perseverance and Courage
Forgiveness and Compassion
Trust and Hope
Thankfulness and Humility
“Those who know your name trust in you, for you, LORD, have never forsaken those who seek you.”
“LORD Almighty, blessed is the one who trusts in you.”
“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”
What does Collective Worship mean to us?
Within our school we believe that Collective Worship is a highly valued part of the school day in which the whole school community comes together in a ‘time to breathe’. Just as breathing is vitally important to life itself, we believe Collective Worship is as important to us as it gives all of us opportunities to offer and interact with worship to God in a diverse and age-appropriate way.
Our Collective Worship aims to inclusive, invitational and inspiring to all.
We use acts of Collective Worship, Religious Education, our Christian Values, the 3 Rs ethos, British Values, the SEAL (Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning) programme and UNICEF across the school to enhance our SMSC development at all of our schools.
Collective Worship takes place daily in many forms and contributes significantly towards our children’s spiritual development. We understand that time for reflection during Collective Worship and at other times during the day is an essential part of developing our children’s spiritual, moral, social, and cultural (SMSC) awareness.
Our Collective Worship Council hold an important role in our schools. Made up from a child in each year group throughout these, their main aims are:
- To play an active role in planning, leading and evaluating Collective Worship.
- To support the development of each school as a church school