Academy Vision and Values

The Academy aims to develop its spiritual ethos in accordance with Christian principles and values. The Academy will work in partnership with the Church at Parish, Deanery and Diocesan level and under the guidance of the Church of England.

The Academy aims to serve its community by providing an education of the highest quality.  It encourages an understanding of the meaning and significance of a spiritual dimension in our lives.

It will support the development of moral values and of a rich and fulfilling spiritual life for all. It will support those of Christian faith within the context of Christian belief and practice and will respect and encourage those of other faiths and no faith.

Our Vision

‘But since you excel in everything – in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in complete eagerness and in your love for us – see that you also excel in this grace of giving’  (2 Corinthians 8:7)

Our vision is rooted in this biblical teaching and is expressed through our school motto of ‘Excellence for All’. At Whitburn C of E Academy we embrace Jesus’ promise of ‘life in all its fullness’ (John 10:10) and believe in this vision of human flourishing for all, permeated by key elements of wisdom, hope, community and dignity.

As Christians believe we are ‘created in the image of God’ (Genesis 1:26f), Whitburn C of E Academy, as an Anglican school, is unequivocal in our view that a good education must educate the whole person; we strive to ensure that all young people and adults in our community develop spiritually, physically, intellectually, emotionally, morally and socially.

We act in accordance with the belief that God wants us to excel both in our individual character and in our actions. This means seeking to be the very best we can be in all aspects of our lives, grounded in Whitburn’s Christian ‘Be Values’ that are integral to our school community.

Light, a universal and powerful spiritual and divine symbol, is one that we embrace at Whitburn C of E Academy and, in harmony with our vision and values, we encourage all to ‘let your light shine before others’. (Matthew 5:16)

Our Values

Our ‘Be Values’ are shown in the table below. Information about the basis of these and what these mean to our school community can be found here.

Christian Values Whitburn ‘Be Values’
Compassion Be Kind
Creation Be Creative, Be Inspired
Endurance Be Patient, Be Courageous, Be Resilient
Forgiveness Be Forgiving
Friendship Be a Good Friend
Hope Be Hopeful, Be Confident
Humility Be Humble
Justice Be Fair
Koinonia (Fellowship) Be part of Our Community, Be Inclusive, Be a Team Player
Peace Be Peaceful
Reverence Be Respectful
Service Be Helpful, Be a Light of the World
Thankfulness Be Grateful, Be Joyful
Trust Be Trusting
Wisdom Be Wise, Be a Learner, Be Outstanding