Our Christian vision is to develop young people with active and creative minds. Within the context of our Christian and civic foundations we aim to foster a sense of understanding and compassion for others, and the courage to act on our beliefs.
St Laurence strives to be an outstanding school, offering a broad and challenging education to meet the needs of all students. We are committed to inspiring students to achieve the highest standards of intellectual and personal development through a stimulating and comprehensive curriculum.
Within a caring, respectful, inclusive community, we cultivate a desire to learn, take risks and accept challenges. We want our students to be resilient and adaptable, equipped with the knowledge, skills and curiosity to continue their education and become fulfilled, confident, socially responsible adults.
Our Vision and Values are rooted in our Christian foundations and follow that of the Church of England, as expressed in the 2016 Church Of England Vision For Education. This publication can be download at the bottom of the page.
We care. We inspire. We succeed.
The RE department takes a lead in providing concepts, ideas and discussions around spirituality, religion and belief.
All curriculum departments, as well as our associate staff teams, have developed statements which show how our Christian vision and values inform their approach.
Additionally, there are specific cross-curricular activities designed to foster understanding of the human response to life. These include Black Voices Day where music, drama, history and RE provide workshops for Y9 on slavery. In Y7, a cross curricular community project incorporates churches in Bradford on Avon in their geographical and historical context.
Spiritual attributes that we aim to foster:
- The ability to rest, be still and have an authentic sense of who we are;
- The capacity to go deeper, to reflect, to connect with questions regarding life and death, purpose, beauty and creativity;
- A readiness to explore the numinous or feel a connection with the Divine.
These may be built upon through developing the following skills:
- A capacity to be flexible and adapt to change
- A high degree of self-awareness which leads to self-acceptance
- A capacity to face suffering and learn from it
- A capacity to deal with painful situations
- A quality of being inspired by vision and values
- A commitment to avoid causing harm
- An ability to see connections between things
- A tendency to ask why and what if questions
- A capacity for unconditional love
- An ability to see beyond the here and now
- A passion to create and share meaning
- A capacity for awe and wonder
Connections with Churches in Bradford on Avon