Christian ethos

Cathedral Academy is Wakefield’s only Church of England secondary school. Our distinctive Christian ethos nurtures and celebrates the individuality of every student, regardless of faith background. Everything we do is built upon the belief that ‘everything is possible for one who believes’ and rooted in our four Christian values of empathy, honesty, respect and responsibility.

We have strong links with churches across Wakefield, in particular Wakefield Cathedral, and we benefit from the support of officers and services from the schools education department in the Diocese of Leeds.

Vision

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

Everything is possible for one who believes.
(Mark 9v23)

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.

Empathy

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

Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.
(Colossians 3v12-14 NIV)

Honesty

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

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.
(Philippians 4 v8-9 NIV)

Respect

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

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

Responsibility

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

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

Our acts of worship and the reading of our academy prayer provide opportunity to explore and reflect upon our Christian values. Written by our students and based upon our values, the prayer is read by the whole academy on a daily basis as part of our two-minute silent reflection.

Lord,

Inspire us to give of our best and make good use of the talents you have given us.
Teach us how to be positive in attitude, showing empathy, honesty and respect to all in our community.

Help us to recognise that we have a responsibility to care for those who are suffering.
Empower us so we may have the courage and determination to be the change we wish to see.

Amen