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Christian Distinctiveness

As a Church of England Academy the Christian Ethos and Values filters through each and every aspect of our lives. We have been described to provide “a distinctively Christian environment in which all students and staff, from whatever background, are supported and encouraged to flourish and be the best they can be” (SIAMs Report 2016). This is clearly demonstrated through the Academies Mission Statement of “Achieving through Faith.”

Saint Wilfrid’s holds worship right at the heart of the Academy and expresses its Christian Distinctiveness not only in the way we live out our lives together but in our collective worship life too. Whilst we recognise each member of the Academy has a different background and story we seek to create an atmosphere where the God given potential is drawn out of all in order for them to thrive wherever life takes them.

Practically we celebrate a new theme each week in a relevant and relatable way through collective worship, business assemblies and in our form groups. This allows time for both staff and students to contemplate each theme we share.

One of the unique opportunities Saint Wilfrid’s has is celebrating together at Blackburn Cathedral. Each year there are five occasions where the Academy comes together to share in communion and collective worship within the cathedral. The students then get to access different forms of worship expressions such as dance, drama and music as well as hearing a topical message from one of our local clergy.


As an academy we believe each student has the opportunity to influence far beyond the academy walls. For this reason we know it’s essential to equip our students with the Christian values that serve as an anchor to their lives.

Our 13 pebbles each symbolise a value of the academy:

Trust, Koinonia, Love, Patience, Service, Honesty, Hope, Courage, Thankfulness, Forgiveness, Wisdom, Respect and Contentment.

But why pebbles? When a pebble is dropped into water it creates a ripple effect which filters out across the water. This is what we believe our students can do, influence others in their communities with these Christian values being the first thing people notice.

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