Mission Statement, Ethos and Core Values
To provide and support schools in which all students and staff have the opportunity to work hard to achieve their personal best.
To encourage personal, moral and spiritual development within a Christian framework.
To create and sustain educational environments where everyone is equally valued.
ESF Ethos Statement
At Emmanuel Schools Foundation we provide an education of character underpinned by our Christian ethos. As a ‘character-first’ foundation we strive to cultivate good character as an end in itself; this raises expectations and supports high levels of performance. Our work is characterised by the pursuit of excellence as we seek to make the most of the gifts and talents we have been given. We believe in human beings’ outstanding potential, creativity and capacity for good as each one is made ‘in the image of God’. We also acknowledge we all need instruction, motivation and practice if we are to nurture the virtues underpinning good character. We gain hope for the future as we show gratitude for what we have now. We practise the virtue of love as we act unselfishly for the good of others and are able to forgive. We exercise wisdom as we choose the right course of action and display integrity as we are truthful with ourselves and others. We gain fortitude and courage as we rise to challenges, learning to overcome adversity and to develop resilience. We develop self-control as we regulate our emotions and impulses and show humility as we are teachable and keen to learn from our mistakes. We act with justice as we treat others with respect and fairness. Our inspiration for these virtues, and our schools’ core values of honourable purpose, humility, compassion, integrity, accountability, courage and determination, is the life and ministry of Christ Jesus.
We aspire, whether we be students or staff, that all of our work will be characterised by the following values:
We aim to be positive in everything, doing what is good and aiming to benefit others as well as ourselves.
We seek to do our personal best without bragging and to encourage others to achieve their best without being critical or jealous of their efforts.
We care for those who are in difficulty and who are hurting, recognising that the world does not exist for us alone.
We can be trusted to be honest and truthful, to say what we mean and to do what we say.
We recognise that having the freedom to express ourselves means we must also accept responsibility for our words, thoughts and actions.
We aim to do what is right, whatever the cost; we stand up for the weak, whatever the danger; we face our fears and find ways of defeating them.
We know that hard work and the refusal to give up are essential if we are to achieve anything worthwhile.
Bede Academy motto
Veritas vos liberabit
The Truth Shall Set You Free