The Academy Ethos Team
Grace Academy has a unique Christian ethos based upon our five shared values of Grace, Respect, Integrity, Potential and Excellence. As part of the vision to develop citizens who make a difference we help engage students and staff to outwork our values through participating in the work of a dedicated Ethos Team which is part sponsored by Grace Foundation. This ethos is designed to be inclusive to those with different faiths or those who have no faith at all.
Our Ethos Team includes a dedicated member of the academy leadership team, a youth worker and a family support worker who collaborate with key staff to help students develop a sense of identity, make wise and well-informed choices, live aspirationally, understand and apply the Grace values and explore the relevance of the Christian message. Our ethos can also help students develop their understanding of inclusivity and promote diversity. Our team helps with wellbeing of staff and students across the academy and runs various projects with students throughout the school year to promote this.
We run regular clubs, workshops and events. Each year our students are involved in a number of charity and community projects working with local organisations. We have ran social actions trips to Zambia, Manchester and Mexico which help students learn about the world around them and how they can make a positive difference.
Please contact Mr Miles at the academy if you would like any more information about our ethos.
Our Ethos & Enterprise Learning Journey
Every Grace Student participates in an enhanced curriculum as part of their journey from Year 7 to Post 16. This journey is built around four key themes which build on a set of Ethos and Enterprise Learning outcomes that holistically benefit our students.
The key themes are:
|Developing Shared Values: Embedding our values through the curriculum and culture|
|Understanding Christian Perspectives: Exploring Christian viewpoints on faith based issues as part of the curriculum|
|Building Healthy Relationships: Developing the skills, values & wisdom to build effective relationships in every sphere of life|
The Ethos and Enterprise learning outcomes make a positive contribution towards OFSTED’S requirements for Personal Development/SMSC and enhance the provision of PSHE, Citizenship and RE, as well as contribute to the promotion of British Values.
Our enhanced curriculum enables students to explore key themes through lessons, assemblies, tutor times, afterschool clubs, theme weeks, off time table days and special events as part of the student’s learning journey.
Our Ethos and Enterprise team
The Ethos & Enterprise Team come from different Academy roles and include members of the Leadership Team, Youth Workers, Relationships & Sex Education Specialists, Business Facilitators and Family Support Workers.
Our specialist Ethos and Enterprise team work alongside all staff and students to champion our vision and values, helping students develop personal holistic life skills which will both support their academic progress and empower them with confidence for the real world.
Additional external funding is provided by the Academy Foundation to help our Ethos & Enterprise Team embed our vision and values through additional resources and experiences for students.
Why focus on values?
Our Grace vision puts our values, which are the heart of our Christian Ethos, as a growing focus through all of our curriculum. We believe these values create the right environment and culture for our students to succeed in all their academic and personal aspirations.
Studies find that values based education improves student and teacher wellbeing and relationships, accelerates academic motivation and diligence, transforms the teaching and learning environment and supports the engagement of families and the wider community.
As we focus on values students gain confidence, self-esteem and self-worth, their behaviour improves, they become more willing to get involved with decision making, they become more engaged with the school and they learn better self-control through thinking more intelligently.
More information on the impact of values based approach to education can be found online at http://www.valuesbasededucation.com
What our Staff & Students Say…
Below is an example of what our students and staff are saying about the impact of our Ethos Learning Journey…
Developing Shared Values
Education is our greatest tool but it is pointless without values
Staff MemberStaff Member
As a group of young boys, Andy Sinton has matured us into Independent responsible young men. As a group we are privileged and honoured that Andy takes his own time to coach us, it’s an honour to work with a professional footballer who has made several appearances for his country and hundreds of Premier League appearances.
Personal Development Programme with Andy Sinton – UK Football LegendPersonal Development Programme with Andy Sinton – UK Football Legend
I will take on board the values and try and show them through my work.
Aspire Mentoring ProgrammeAspire Mentoring Programme
I experienced a lot of things that I hadn’t done before and I now understand the meaning of grace.
Year 7 Ethos Activity DayYear 7 Ethos Activity Day
The Youth Worker has helped me build up my confidence. I still find school difficult sometimes but she helps me work out how I can cope and I enjoy lessons more now.
Ethos ClubEthos Club
Building Healthy Relationships
88% agreed: I feel better prepared to make healthy choices about sex & relationships.
YEAR 9 RSE DAYYEAR 9 RSE DAY
90% agreed: I am more aware of the risks associated with sexual activity.
Post 16 Romance AcademyPost 16 Romance Academy
This course has given me a lot of self-confidence and made me and my friends closer and more excited to come to school.
Miss Understood ClubMiss Understood Club
Understanding Christian Perspectives
The Easter Experience was so good. I was really challenged to think about what Easter means because I’ve never given it much thought before.
Easter Experience 2017Easter Experience 2017
Stance (External Guests) taught me so much and helped me understand how I can be stronger when things get tough.
YFC Theme WeekYFC Theme Week
Happi (External Guest) taught me that I can be a super hero by helping people more.
Ethos LessonEthos Lesson
You have helped me understand more about what Christians believe as I never really knew what they thought.
RE ExperienceRE Experience