The Samworth Church Academy

Our Vision & Values

Our vision is to create an environment that provides the best start to a bright future for all our students, by giving them all the opportunity to be fully qualified for adult life, in the fullest sense of the term.

We realise this vision by offering a broad range of courses, to cater for as many interests and abilities as possible. We also work in partnership with other Mansfield schools to maximise opportunity. To broaden the educational experience we have introduced Sport, Dance, Music and Drama into the curriculum. Not just for the select few, but for absolutely everyone. There are many different ways of defining achievement but ours is unusually holistic. Good qualifications are crucial to young people and their futures but we also know that other things are important to prepare young people for the challenges they face.


  • We give all our students the best start for a bright future and help them become the adults they want to be.
  • We welcome, value and respect students of all faiths, or none, and encourage their input in how the Academy is run.
  • We have a distinctively Christian ethos that is tolerant and respectful of everything except bad behaviour and bullying.
  • We raise aspirations and nurture self-confidence so that all our students can raise their expectations of what the future holds.
  • We make quality, leadership and a business and enterprise culture part of daily life in this Academy.
  • We encourage students to challenge themselves and embrace the Outward Bound approach to enjoyable and constructive learning.
  • We play an active role in the community outside the school gates.
  • We respect the environment in all we do.

Academy Ethos

Within this Academy people come first.  Everyone will be valued, respected and treated with dignity and will be encouraged to have a say in how their Academy is run.  We will provide a welcoming and inclusive environment for students of all faiths or none, serving all in the local area and will be committed to promoting mental and physical wellbeing for all students and staff.

The Academy will aim to prepare students for 70 or more great years after they leave and to enjoy a happy and rewarding life. The Academy will be distinctively Christian in ethos and outlook, giving opportunities for students to encounter Christianity as a living faith and promoting forgiveness, positivity, empathy, tolerance and mutual respect.  There will be no place for bullying or any other form of discrimination.

The Academy aims to provide a fully rounded education for all learners, developing independent thinkers ready to be fully responsible members of the many communities they will join during their lives. We will encourage and support all students to reach their full potential.  Students will be presented with a variety of experiences and challenges to develop self-confidence, self-esteem, independent learning skills and team work.  The development of these skills will prepare students to live happy, fulfilling and rewarding lives and be good citizens whatever they choose to be.e will create the conditions for an enjoyable and challenging learning environment and our students will learn through successes and setbacks on their journey of self-discovery. We will raise people’s hopes and aspirations and open up the possibilities of what they can become. Individual search for a vocation or a ‘calling’ will be actively encouraged.

Central to Academy life will be achieving high standards.  We will work within a business and enterprise culture, expect outstanding leadership, support and guidance at all levels and embrace the outward bound approach as well as the Round Square IDEALS.

Close partnerships with schools, colleges and the wider community will enrich the life of the Academy.  We will play an active role in the social and economic development of our local area and develop national and international relationships and links providing service wherever possible.

We recognise the environment is a critical resource for all our futures.  In the design and management of our inspirational facilities we will respect and guard this at all times and take our responsibility for environmental stewardship seriously

Christian Ethos

Our Christianity is at the heart of the Academy's ethos.  So, to promote and encourage Christian values, we think it's important that everyone is involved in an act of collective worship and that all have the opportunity to take an accredited religious course.

We respect the feelings of parents who don't feel comfortable with this, however, and will allow their children to be excluded from religious education provided their objection is explained to the Principal in writing.