About St Wilfrid's

About the Academy

St Wilfrid’s Church of England Academy provides a faith-led education for 11 to 18 year olds serving the Borough of Blackburn with Darwen and parts of Pennine Lancashire. We seek to provide an excellent education based upon a strong Christian foundation, as we develop all who work, learn and serve in our community.

We benefit from purpose-built accommodation with excellent facilities. All in all, it is a wonderful place to work and learn. Visitors to St Wilfrid’s comment on the calm and purposeful environment, the friendly nature of our students and the welcoming nature of our staff.

We have a reputation for high academic standards. As a comprehensive school, we pride ourselves on providing teaching and learning which engages all students. The latest SIAMS inspection report stated:

“Almost everyone describes the academy as being ‘one big family’ where all care for and help one another. This is understood to be the outworking of Christian values and teachings which underpin excellent behaviour and relationships. Students recognise in teachers a commitment to serve which for many is an aspect of their Christian faith. This prompts them to strive to provide the best and most supportive opportunities for all students. The result is exemplary academic and pastoral support which enables students to make good progress, attain excellent results and develop spiritually, morally, socially and culturally (SMSC 2016).”

As an Academy, we seek to embrace new methodologies whilst maintaining a balance with traditional practice to bring about excellent examination success. The fact that all students have access to a 1:1 device, is an example of our commitment to use modern technology to maximise learning. Recent development of the site has enhanced the resources available to staff and students, which includes an immersive classroom space and an iMac suite.

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Our Vision

The vision of St Wilfrid’s is taken from our motto and a verse from the gospel of John. We believe that this life should be lived out to the full, through direction and guidance from the Lord. Our hope is that the daily experiences within the Academy will enable our students to develop holistically; growing in character and valuing all others.

Students will learn values through academic study and everyday interactions. They will be inspired by the spiritual and enriching out-of-lesson experiences, and in turn, inspire hope in others.

Students will become stronger, well-rounded and content individuals who value themselves and others. They will be given opportunities to develop and experience a fully-inclusive environment.

Our Values

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

Our Mission Statement

"St Wilfrid’s Church of England Academy sees education as an integral part of the mission of the Church to proclaim God as Creator, Christ as Redeemer and the Holy Spirit as Inspirer of all that is good in human living.

The main purpose of the Academy is to provide an excellent education, both academic and social, in a Christian context, to enable its students to grow up to take their full part as citizens of this world and the next."

Woodard Corporation

St Wilfrid’s is affiliated to the Woodard Corporation which is a family of Anglican Schools from all over the country.Woodard Schools commit themselves to the importance of the Eucharist and Chaplaincy to the worship and community life of the Academy.

Woodard Schools Head Office – High Street, Abbots Bromley, Rugeley, Staffordshire, WS15 3BW
Tel: 01283 840120

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