Vision and values

Work Hard, Be Nice and No Excuses. We mean this, we follow it and we refer to it every day because we believe in it. Every student matters. Every student can achieve.  Every lesson counts. We make no excuses and we expect none, from students or staff. Everyone, no matter what their role in the academy is expected to follow this and believe in it. We strongly believe in providing a first class education and we are proud of our students.  

This belief will continue to underpin the expectations of students within Charter Academy.  We are evolving the school, this new academic year 2016-17, to incorporate and build upon these expectations with the 3A’s (Aspiration for All, Achievement for All, and Active Participation for All, with an overarching commitment to Team and Community.

We work alongside the Church of England due to our historic links with them but we welcome all students of other faiths or of none.  At Charter we aims for Students’ beliefs, religious or otherwise, which inform their perspective on life and their interests, will be explored throughout their time at the Academy. The students will be able to write about and respect different people’s feelings and values, and ultimately reflect on their own experiences in life.

Our vision is that all our students achieve their full potential. Our target is that 80% of our students will achieve 5 GCSEs at Grade C or above, including English and Maths. We are committed to delivering an outstanding education within an outstanding environment where each child is able to achieve the highest possible academic outcomes. We want our students to progress to university, or a career of their choice and to lead happy, purposeful lives.

Every day, students are engaged in enjoyable, worthwhile and meaningful activities at all times. We know we are doing our job if our students have a sense of pride in themselves and in their Academy.

In June 2017 we had our SIAMS Inspection, for which we were awarded 'Good'. More details can be found in the report below:

Ark Charter Academy SIAMS report


Charter Academy is Church of England school (CofE). We are establishing a set of values which will help us to build a community together. They are based on the life and teachings of Jesus found in the Bible, but offer a foundation for life together that embraces those of all faiths and none.

Justice at Charter Academy:

Standing up for fairness and equal opportunities - defending the weak and powerless.

Students who display the Christian value of justice do not wish to achieve at the expense of others but wish to achieve so that they can support others in turn. They learn by enabling others to strive to do their best because of a drive to make the world a fairer place. They take responsibility and when they spot injustice, they ask what they could do to bring about a fairer situation. They are likely to understand that with ‘rights’ comes ‘responsibility’ and are likely to be motivated by initiatives such as raising money for charity (Pi Day, Christmas Jumper Day). They are the sort of students who will risk coming forward to tell a teacher if they know someone is being bullied.

Staff at Charter display the Christian value of justice and will ‘go the extra mile’ for disadvantaged children. They will be careful to ensure that reward systems are deployed fairly. They will be quick to offer support to others who are struggling with their practice. They are highly motivated to make the Academy a place where all can succeed. They are never prepared to ‘turn a blind eye’ on unjust situations.

  • 'The Lord God has told us what is right and what he demands: "See that justice is done; let mercy be your first concern, and humbly obey your God.” Micah 6:8 (CEV)
  • Justice "If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness." John 1:9
  • The parable of the Labourers in the Vineyard shows how God goes beyond even justice and fairness, and shows abundant grace. All His workers receive a full day's pay, however long or short their day has been. Matthew 20:1-16

Courage at Charter Academy:

Enduring in our commitment to what is right and true - not giving in to discouragement.

Students who display the Christian value of courage do not give up easily and will face up to their own difficulties and the challenges that daily life may present. They are not afraid to speak up for what they believe is right and are prepared to take risks. They have a determination to see things through rather than flit from one thing to another. They may be prepared to risk their own social status by befriending children who struggle to make friends.

Staff at Charter display the Christian value of courage see the importance of standing up for their educational convictions, though they will equally be prepared to put long-term efforts into the realisation of these convictions. They will not give up on students and they will persist in attempting to address the needs of the vulnerable.

  • Jesus told his followers that, ‘If anyone wants to be my disciple, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.’ (Matthew 16:24).
  • There are many stories of courage outlined in the Bible. Most famously, David is seen to be courageous in his actions against Goliath. David’s boldness of faith allows him to defeat his giant – something which the students at Charter Academy can aspire to with the help of God.

Respect at Charter Academy:

Valuing each other and celebrating our differences.

Students who display the Christian value of respect show cooperation and responsibility both at home and within the community.  They have self-respect and are confident about who they are and earn the respect of others. Students respect parents and carers. Students have respect for those in authority, cooperating with police, teachers and those who work for our safety in different ways; they are prepared to listen and learn from others who have experience. They respect that everyone's feelings should be considered; everyone's faith is sacred.

Staff at Charter display the Christian value of respect and listen to the needs of students and parents. They respect the challenges that they may face and help others when needed. Staff will encourage students to value other people's different lifestyles, beliefs and opinions.

  • “Show proper respect to everyone” (1 Peter 2:17)
  • “Don't be jealous or proud but be humble and consider others more important than yourselves.”  (Philippians 2:3)
  • “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.” (Genesis 1:27)
  • The people in the Temple were showing off by offering lots of money. The Widow secretly offered two mites, which is all she had.  Jesus saw this and told the Disciples that she “put more in the offering than all of the others… the others put in what they had to spare of their riches; but she ...put in all she had.” (Mark 12:41-44). The Widow’s offering shows respect to the poor. We should show respect to everyone.