Lisle Marsden, is a Voluntary Aided Church of England single academy trust. As such, it is required to work in a way that enables all pupils to flourish and be the best person God made them to be.
The Church of England’s vision for Education is an ambitious vision. A deeply Christian vision that asks us to pursue the big questions: ‘Who am I?’ ‘Why am I here?’, ‘What do I desire?’ and ‘How then shall I live?’ The vision is underpinned by a commitment to educating for life in all its fullness – ‘educating the whole person’. To achieve this, they advocate four core elements to run through the approach.
Educating for wisdom, knowledge and skills: enabling discipline, confidence and delight in seeking wisdom and knowledge, and developing talents in all areas of life.
Educating for hope and aspiration: enabling healing, repair and renewal, coping wisely when things go wrong, opening horizons and guiding people into ways of fulfilling them.
Educating for community and living well together: a core focus on relationships, participation in communities and the qualities of character that enable people to flourish together.
Educating for dignity and respect: the basic principle of respect for the value and preciousness of each person, treating each person as a unique individual of inherent worth
In response to the new documentation and much consideration of who we are as a church school and our aims and aspirations for our pupils, our vision statement was created with the support of staff, pupils, parents and governors.
Educating for life in all its fullness, committed to excellence and enjoyment through learning, within an enabling environment that nurtures the potential and talents of all; empowering our children with wisdom, knowledge and skills, grounded in the Christian belief that everyone is created in the image and love of God.
Educating for life in all its fullness-
We long for a life which is true, complete, worthwhile, full of joy
A relationship with others in truth and love gives fullness to life and makes it beautiful
Pope Benedict XVI
Life in its fullness refers to living a life that is complete and worthwhile: the impact we have in our life on Earth. Not everyone is fortunate to have their basic rights met meaning they cannot have a life that is full. As a church school, this will influence the work we do in empowering children to become global citizens and overcome injustice through educating the ‘whole’ child through character education, programmes of study and working towards a common goal of removing barriers to enable all God’s children to live a life that is complete and has meaning.
Committed to excellence and enjoyment through learning, within an enabling environment that nurtures the potential and talents of all-
“In his grace, God has given us different gifts for doing certain things well. So if God has given you the ability to prophesy, speak out with as much faith as God has given you. If your gift is serving others, serve them well. If you are a teacher, teach well. If your gift is to encourage others, be encouraging. If it is giving, give generously. If God has given you leadership ability, take the responsibility seriously. And if you have a gift for showing kindness to others, do it gladly.” Romans 12:6-8
We are an inclusive school that strives to offer an outstanding education for all children regardless of gender, faith, ability or background. We aim to offer a broad and varied curriculum and a programme of extra-curricular clubs and enrichment that gives all children the opportunity to shine beyond academic subjects.
empowering our children with wisdom, knowledge and skills, grounded in the Christian belief that everyone is created in the image and love of God-
26 Then God said, “And now we will make human beings; they will be like us and resemble us. They will have power over the fish, the birds, and all animals, domestic and wild, [d] large and small.” 27 So God created human beings, making them to be like himself. He created them male and female, 28 blessed them, and said, “Have many children, so that your descendants will live all over the earth and bring it under their control. I am putting you in charge of the fish, the birds, and all the wild animals.
So God created mankind in his own image,
in the image of God he created them;
male and female he created them.
Created in the image and love of God does not refer to physical appearance. Human beings were elected, by God, to be his image bearers. We are his representatives on Earth to be caretakers of creation. This special blessing was bestowed upon us therefore making human life inherently valuable: everyone has a value and a right to dignity as an image bearer. At Lisle Marsden, we want to educate children to respect and value all life and their responsibility to fulfil God’s will. This desire has been strengthened by our school values that have been established, in our school, for many years. We encourage children to adopt the values and continually show values in action.
As part of the consultation and implementation of the Vision Statement, we invited parents in to share a Vision Day with their children and the staff. This enabled us to share and explore the Christian concepts and literature that underpins our academy’s vision: It encapsulates who we are, why we are here, what we desire and enabled us to explore how we are going to achieve this with the support of our wider school community. We embedded the knowledge of our vision statement through creative activities and art; the final pieces will be on display around the school. Furthermore, we invited parents to express their views on how we are doing and what they thought we could do better; the parent survey report can be found below.
|PARENT SURVEY VISION DAY 2019 REPORT||[docx 468KB]|