As a Church of England High School in the Blackburn Diocese, our Christian ethos and vision permeates all aspects of school life. "The school's Christian vision results in imaginative and innovative curricular and pastoral practice which has a transformational impact on the lives of pupils and adults." SIAMS Report 2019. All aspects of our provision are underpinned by our Vision and is reaffirmed by the School Motto of “Faith, Nurture, Service”. An on-going priority in our School Improvement Plan is to further enhance our Christian Distinctiveness.
The School Vision
The Christian faith forms the cornerstone of everything that we do here at Archbishop Temple. Decisions are made based on our Christian principles which recognise the value of all members in our community, irrespective of their faith. We believe that ‘God created mankind in his own image’ (Genesis 1:27) and as such strive to fully develop all our pupils and staff in order for them to let their light shine. Our faith in God enables us to realise that ‘all things are possible’ (Mark 10:27) and so we believe that we should never give up on ourselves or each other.
Our faith is expressed and developed through regular prayer. We punctuate the days and seasons with opportunities for collective worship recognising that, ‘The Lord is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth.’ (Psalm 145)
God’s light shines most brightly through grace. This message underpins all our Christian teaching showing that Christ, the light of the world (John 8:12) died and rose to freely give salvation to anyone who turns to him (John 3:16).
We strive to nurture each person’s God given talents and gifts encouraging everyone to ‘have life and have it to the full’ (John 10:10) on this earth and in eternity. We are passionate about recognising the importance of all members of our community and understand that by working together and supporting each other we are able to make an impact for the good: ‘And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds… encouraging one another.’ (Hebrews 10:24).
Nurturing each other means that there will be opportunities to be part of celebrating great achievements for our pupils; it will also mean that there will be more difficult times when members of our community will need supporting (Romans 12:15). We will remember that all members of our community are created in the image of God (Genesis 1:26) and that, ‘above all, [we should] love each other deeply because love covers a multitude of sins.’ (1 Peter 4:8-11).
As a community we recognise the importance of serving others, both those within our school, within our local community and the wider world. We believe that ‘whoever wants to be great must become a servant’ (Mark 10:43), and this transforms lives for the better. We recognise that serving others is an opportunity to put our faith into action: ‘Faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead’ (James 2:17) and through good deeds we have the opportunity to glorify God.
Throughout school pupils will get a variety of opportunities to serve; for example, through supporting charity events and through taking on roles of responsibility. Pupils will be encouraged to think about the different ways in which they can carry out good deeds and become independent in the ways that they do this: ‘Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.’ (1 Peter 4:10)
A caring Pastoral system with year group tutor groups based on Christian values enables pupils of all faiths to feel valued and respected. Our Christian ethos highly values all aspects of pupil achievement and pupils are supported to fulfil their God given potential. All subjects make a positive contribution to the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of all pupils. The range of charitable activities undertaken by our school community is due to our Christian ethos with over £10,000 being raised for various charities.
A key feature of our Christian vision is the work of our School Chaplain who is responsible for coordinating all daily worship activities and is available each day to listen and give support to all members of the school community. Pupils in our school are undertaking the Archbishop of York Youth Trust Young Leaders' Award as a way of giving something back to our community.
Pupils from Archbishop Temple School talk about the Archbishop of York Youth Trust Young Leaders' Award.
Here are some examples of the charitable work that we do.
Pupils, parents, carers, staff and the wider school community donated around 50 large bags and boxes packed full of canned and packet food, toiletries, sanitary products, nappies and medicines to the Ukraine Emergency Appeal.
7E raised a fantastic £93.04 for their chosen charity, Cancer Research, with a breaktime sweet stall.
Pupils, staff, parents and carers donated toys and gifts to Cash for Kids Mission Christmas Appeal, to enable all children in the region to receive a gift on Christmas morning.
Over the past seven years, pupils and staff have worn jeans in support of Jeans for Genes Day. The money raised on Jeans for Genes Day funds the work of the Genetic Disorders UK charity. It provides grants to organisations for projects that aim to transform the lives of children with genetic disorders. In 2021, pupils and staff raised £417.87 for the charity, which makes the running total for 7 years £36331.91.
Pupils, staff, parents and carers donated food to our school Harvest collection. The food was donated to The Salvation Army, Crossgate Church, The Foxton Centre and Sleap. It was fantastic to see our pupils blessing people in our local community by putting our school's Christian Values of Faith, Nurture and Service into action.
At the end of November 2020, pupils in year 7 took part in their first Spirituality Day at Archbishop Temple Church of England High School. The day focussed on stewardship and looking after God’s creation. As part of this, pupils in year 7 along with members of staff planted 400 trees in the grounds of the school. For each tree planted, each pupil brought in a small donation to help fundraise for the installation of a new kitchen at one of the international schools we have links with, Elunya School in Kenya. You can find out more and view further photographs here.
Pupils leave school to attend Easter House Communions.
We marked the season of Lent with these crosses, we also had a large cross in the main hall and a creative prayer space in the chapel. One of our key verses for this time reminds us of the time Jesus was in the wilderness. We encouraged the pupils to consider this season as a time of reflection and renewal with God.
Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. And after fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry.
Form 7S delivered an assembly on Pentecost to the whole of year 7 on 26th May. Mrs Jimenez's form did a great job of explaining the significance of Pentecost and why Christians celebrate it.
On 16th December, staff and pupils from all year groups enjoyed a magical Christmas celebration. Led by Miss Sherwood, Head of Performing Arts, and Chaplain Andy, the celebration featured Christmas Carols beautifully sung by our school choir and Bible readings read by pupils.
We were delighted to welcome Reverend Dave Hanson, from St Stephen's Church in Broadgate, and Reverend Chris Boland, from Christ Church in Fulwood, into school to lead communions for our year 7 pupils in the school chapel. The services included prayers and readings read by pupils. All of our year 7 cohort took part in communion in the chapel.
Year 7 pupils were joined by Mr and Mrs Ashworth from Good News for Everyone, formerly known as Gideons UK, and were each presented with a copy of the New Testament Bible. Mr Ashworth showed pupils the story of The Prodigal Son and explained how they could use their Bible for support in times of need.