At Bluecoat Wollaton Academy we are dedicated to transforming the futures of young people and the community we serve. Through our Academy values of Faith, Hope and Love, and our mission statement: ‘believe in yourself, in others, in God’, we want students to understand their intrinsic value, have hope for their future, learn to show respect to one another and have the opportunity to explore what they believe.
“For I know the plans I have for you declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future”
To develop ‘The Whole Child’, each young person’s spiritual and personal development is enriched through the Christian Distinctiveness of our academy. The programme of collective worship, links with local faith groups and other spiritually enriching activities is coordinated by Nicola Goss, our Christian Distinctiveness Lead, with support from the Archway Learning Trust Christian Distinctiveness team. Nic supports staff and students throughout the school, overseeing our programme of Acts of Worship, Christmas & Easter services, leads our Christian Young Leaders group, Christian Union and provides prayer opportunities for staff, students and parents. These links and activities ensure that the Christian character, values and ethos of the school are at the centre of all we do.
“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind. And, ‘Love your neighbour as yourself’.”
At Bluecoat Wollaton we also express our Christian Distinctiveness through our actions; encouraging our students to engage in opportunities to serve others though initiatives led by our Charity and Community student leadership groups.
“Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another”
1 John 4:11
Learning about our faith goes beyond the school grounds. We enjoy trips to our parish and local churches: St Mary’s Wollaton Park; St Margaret’s Church, Aspley; and St Leonard’s Church, Wollaton. We also love to welcome visitors from churches across the city of Nottingham to speak to us. Reverend Pullen, the vicar of St Leonard’s plays a vital role in our school, regularly visiting and leading worship, as well as hosting services for Christmas and Easter. Students and staff of all faiths and none are welcome and encouraged to participate in activities and events that contribute to this distinctiveness.
“Faith, is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see”
As a Christian school we believe that we offer much more than an academic education; we seek to develop the whole person, offering spiritual, moral, social and cultural development as well as the development of character and identity, allowing our children to become the best versions of themselves, with Christ at the centre of all we do.