WSE: A Church of England Academy
Each one of you has a special gift from God.
Use it to serve others well.
1 Peter 4:10
At WSE we believe that we are all known to God and made in the image of God meaning we are each valued as individuals blessed with a God given talent. Therefore, we each have the potential to make a unique contribution as stewards of God’s Grace. We seek to help our students find their gift and in doing so understand how they can use it in order to serve their local, national and global communities and be the change makers of the future.
Wyvern St Edmund's Academy opened as one academy in September 2022. In 2018 Wyvern College and St Edmund’s Girl's School became a colocated school and developed into a single mixed secondary school. Both schools were foundation Church schools and have a long heritage of leadership guided by strong Christian values. We have a long standing and strong relationship with the Diocese of Salisbury. Both schools are founder members of the Magna Learning Partnership Trust of Schools. The MLP is committed to upholding the Christian characteristics of the Church schools in the Trust. The Trust vision is:
‘Let your light shine’
The colocation of the two schools in 2018 was a clear expression of the Christian principles of both the Trust and the two schools to ensure that all students receive a broad and balanced curriculum in a co-educational setting. We ensure that they leave as well-rounded individuals prepared for life in the 21st century, with the ambition to make a positive contribution in service of their community and the world beyond.
As Church of England Schools our ethos is underpinned by Christian values and principles and embraces the Church of England vision for young people, a vision of ‘human flourishing for all’,of a life lived in all its fullness (John 10:10). It is inclusive for those of all faith and of none, serving the common good of all our community.
Our Christian values (rooted in biblical teachings, see below) and the theological underpinning (1 Peter 4:10) of our vision provide the foundation for all our decisions, they are evident in all our interactions and shape the daily life our school community.
We are committed to the personal, moral, and spiritual development of our students to enable them to become independent and self-motivated; responsible for themselves and others and prepared to work for the common good.
At the heart of this commitment is that every member of our school community is this belief that we are all known to and valued by God. Therefore, we aim to ensure that every member of our school community knows they are valued and respected in the knowledge we all have the capacity to make a unique contribution.
WSE Spirituality Statement
Wyvern St Edmund’s is committed to being a community which promotes spiritual development. Spirituality looks outwards to reflect on the natural world, the environment and human capacities and achievement. It looks inwards to reflect on beliefs, values, feelings, hopes, dreams, ideals and aspirations. This reflection shapes the way we think, and feel about creation, ourselves, and other people, and how we respond.
The promise by Jesus of ‘life in all its fullness’ lies at the heart of Christian Spirituality and results in human flourishing. Christian Spirituality reflects the teachings of the Bible and involves the whole life of a person responding to God’s love. As a Church Academy, we are committed to giving students opportunities to explore and reflect on religious faith and particularly the Christian faith.
Our Christian values of generosity, respect, aspiration, courage and empathy will deepen as we develop our spirituality within the life of the Academy.
Our commitment to our young people in a Church of England Academy:
As educators in a Church Academy, we take seriously our responsibility to uphold the core Church of England principles of wisdom, dignity, hope and community.
Our teachers are committed to these principles through:
- Educate for wisdom, knowledge and skills: Enable discipline, confidence and delight in seeking wisdom and knowledge, and developing talents in all areas of life
- Educate for hope and aspiration: Enable healing, repair and renewal, coping wisely when things go wrong, opening horizons and guiding people into ways of fulfilling them
- Educate for community and living well together: Provide a core focus on relationships, participation in communities and the qualities of character that enable people to flourish together
- Educate for dignity and respect: Recognise the value and preciousness of each person as a unique individual of inherent worth.
Our Core Values are rooted in biblical teaching:
WSE Core Values
Word Of God
is our first core value because
"Give and there will be gifts for you Luke 6:36-38
This is our second core value because
“All humans were made in the image of God” Genesis 1:26-27
This is our third core value because we believe we all have the potential to become the best version of ourselves, that we are deserving of this, and that this enables us
“Let your light shine before men, that they may see your good works”
This is our fourth core value because we believe it gives us the confidence and conviction to do what is right regardless
“Be strong and of good courage…for the LORD your God… will not leave you nor forsake you”
This is our fifth core value because we believe in the importance of understanding the thoughts and feelings of others in order to reflect God’s love and compassion.
“Do for others what you want them to do for you”