We are a Church of England Academy and our mission is to create a distinctive educational community for all based upon Christian faith and values. Our vision and wider ethos is based on our mission statement ‘believe; in yourself, in others, in God.’ This is grounded in the principle from the Bible to “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” (Luke 10:27) and is therefore an embodiment of that Good Samaritan story.
Our belief is that every student is unique and valued by God; they are all loved. This is critical to the relationships and personal approach to the curriculum that we take with every young person. We aim to develop confident students that have a strong sense of justice and doing what is right. We encourage students to develop belief in themselves in order to be the best they can be. Our students are taught to be resilient, they can work independently and have a good understanding of where they have come from and who they are.
Our belief is that we should value and care for each other. This is reflected in the ‘harmonious community’ that makes up Bluecoat, ‘where all are respected for who they are.’ (SIAMS Inspection Report, May 2016) Students feel part of a local, national and global community, believing in others and working together towards a common purpose. Students develop into respectful, supportive and considerate members of the community who are passionate about making a difference in a context where faith is nurtured and valued.
We want our staff and students to trust that God has great plans for each one of us that will lead us to ‘prosper’ and have ‘hope’ for a better future, in line with Jeremiah 29:11 which this also draws upon. Through the excellent education that we offer, and with God’s grace moving through our worshipping family, we trust that this will lead to the transformation of the lives of both staff and students.
‘Through believing in ourselves, in others, and in God, we trust that our hard work will result in the transformation of our lives and the lives of those around us.’