Christian Ethos

Cathedral Academy is Wakefield’s only Church of England secondary school and has a Christian ethos which nurtures and celebrates the individuality of every student, regardless of faith.

Students who attend Cathedral enjoy an education rooted in the Christian faith and its values. We have strong links with our local parish of St Georges, particularly when celebrating key Christian festivals. Visits are also arranged to Wakefield Cathedral. We also benefit from the support of officers and services of the schools education department in the Diocese of Leeds. Click here to find out more information about the Diocese of Leeds education department.

As a Christian school, we welcome all and have students and staff of all faiths and none. Our values are our ‘DNA’, running through all aspects of our daily life. Our vision and mission statement illustrates how these work on a daily basis:


To develop conscientious and caring young people who are ambitious, work hard to achieve excellence and make a positive contribution to society.


Our mission is to nurture an environment rooted in Christian values where:
* Students lead successful lives through developing crucial knowledge and skills.
* Young people develop character and have strong moral values, allowing them to play an active and positive role in their communities.
* Achievements are celebrated and young people are encouraged to work hard to fulfil potential, overcoming obstacles, regardless of background or circumstance.

All students are expected to live by these values, and demonstrate their commitment to them both inside and outside of the academy.


At Cathedral Academy we value:


We recognise the importance of understanding the feelings and experiences of others.

Colossians 3 NIV
Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.


We understand that truthfulness and integrity are key to building a strong community.

Philippians 4v8-9 NIV
“Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.”


We value each member of community, showing regard for others and celebrating difference.

Matthew 7v12 NIV
“So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.”


We are committed to caring for ourselves, our community and the world around us.

1 Peter 4v10 NCV
“Each of you has received a gift to use to serve others.”

As an academy, we also demonstrate these values in our dealings with students.  This is linked to our Christian ethos and includes the opportunity to experience a retreat at Wakefield Cathedral, be supported by our Chaplaincy team, and understand how they can have a voice. This ensures that students are listened to and are encouraged to make a positive contribution to our academy community.

If you would like to find out more about how we celebrate our Christian ethos on a daily basis, please use the tabs below. All students participate in key celebrations of the Christian faith, with additional support and opportunities available as followed:

Our Chaplaincy team runs a range of curricular and lunchtime activities. Chaplaincy Club welcomes students of all faiths and none and provides a safe and hospitable place in which to enjoy time away from the busy academy day.

The Chaplaincy Team is led by the School Chaplain, Mrs Miriam Kearney, and is supported by Rev. Tim Stevens (Curate at Wakefield Cathedral) and members of the CROSS Project.

In addition to running Chaplaincy Club, members of the team are involved in many other aspects of academy life, from supporting Religious Studies lessons and EAL (students who speak English as an additional language) to mentoring and leading Inspirations and Collective Worship assemblies. Team members are also key to the running of the Year 7 retreats and Harvest and Christmas services at St. George’s, Lupset.