Aims, Ethos and Values
Central to The Oxford Academy is an aspiration to create leaders of the future
The Oxford Academy is a learning environment at the heart of its community. We promote care and respect, and expect high standards in all aspects of Academy life. We aim to build a community clearly based on a Christian ethos, recognising the integrity and the unique value of each individual. We aim to build self-esteem, model conflict resolution and protect the vulnerable.
Central to The Oxford Academy is an aspiration to create leaders of the future embedded in our motto ‘Learning and Leading for the World of Tomorrow’.
Bound into the fabric of the Academy are our core values. They underpin what we do at the Academy and we link all our activities to at least one of them. Students and staff recently voted for the following four values:
- Respect - treating people with courtesy, honesty and fairness, co-operating with them, and being thoughtful. Respect means not thinking only of yourself, but treating others as you would like to be treated.
- Determination - includes hard work and focus on your goals. Being prepared to give up some things to get where you want to be. Not being swayed by others, but sticking to what you know is right, with real strength of character.
- Aspiration - wanting to be the best you can be, achieve highly and fulfil your potential. Not only having ambitions, but being prepared to put in the work to make them a reality. Being professional as well as competitive.
- Responsibility - taking control of what you do and of the consequences. You become independent and accountable. It includes taking care of yourself and your health, and having self-control and self-discipline.
This vision and these values are based on the following beliefs:
- Education matters in society: the provision of a well ordered, stimulating learning environment is a common right for all our children.
- The Academy should articulate social and moral values and respect for others, irrespective of their class, sex, race or religion.
- The Academy will promote the highest achievement in youngsters, irrespective of their abilities or self-expectations. Competition and collaboration are both equally important to learning. The aspirations of all our students will be nurtured.
- The Academy will celebrate students’ achievements and challenge fixed notions of ability. We will value and reward young people’s verbal, practical, academic, sporting, artistic and leadership skills.
- An effective and flourishing Academy should be ‘public’ rather than ‘private’, explaining to parents what is being taught and how the curriculum is being interpreted. It should be open to praise and constructive feedback in a genuine spirit of partnership.
- An effective Academy should work closely with neighbouring schools to improve opportunities for children and young people.
- The work of the Academy will be underpinned at all times by its ultimate aim – to improve standards, achievement and the life chances of young people. The Oxford Academy is to be, first and foremost, a place of high quality learning and teaching for young people aged 11-19.
Click on the following link to see The Oxford Academy's Common Purpose.