Vision & Values

Our Christian Vision

Bishop Young Academy is a safe and welcoming family, where all God’s children are valued and all are enabled to flourish. We rejoice in the diversity of the many individuals who make up our community, as we learn to live well together and to serve one another in love.

Culture & Ethos

Bishop Young C of E Academy is a successful, caring and happy Academy in the east of the City of Leeds. Our students aged 11-19 come to receive an education in which we work together to stretch them academically, support them pastorally and help them to develop socially and spiritually, as expressed in our mission statement.

‘In Partnership to Educate, Nurture, Empower’

We educate the young people entrusted to our care by giving them a high standard of teaching and setting them appropriate challenges throughout their time with us. We expect all students, whatever their ability, to work hard and achieve their full potential. We expect them to conform to our firm but fair framework of positive discipline, in which we encourage them to take responsibility for themselves; but we deal firmly with those who do not behave appropriately.

We nurture our students by providing them with a safe, caring and loving environment in which to develop in self-confidence and self-understanding within the Christian family of the school community.

We empower them by giving them opportunities to enable them to recognise their potential and to express this in what they do within the school and in the wider community.

The school’s staff do this in partnership with parents, our governors, local churches, the local authority and – most importantly of all – with our students. We know that we need to work together with respect, understanding and trust within the framework of our Christian beliefs and values.

Our Core Values

We will strive to ensure that the characteristics that define the school are:

  • A positive, orderly and inclusive atmosphere and ethos, characterised by shared aims and values appropriate to the Christian foundation of the trust.
  • Strong and positive leadership from all levels of management within the school, beginning with the Principal and Senior Leadership Team.
  • A healthy school within a physical environment which is as attractive and stimulating as possible.
  • High and consistent expectation of all students in terms of attainment, achievement and behaviour.
  • A clear and explicit focus on teaching and learning and sharing of good practice amongst staff.
  • Well developed and manageable procedures for assessing students’ work, setting them challenging targets and reporting the information clearly to students and parents.
  • Opportunities for students to take their own share of responsibility for their learning and its assessment and to take part in the running of the school.
  • A positive behaviour policy which is implemented consistently by all staff and includes a system of rewards and incentives to encourage students to succeed.
  • A wide range of study support and extra-curricular activities to broaden students’ interests and experiences.
  • High levels of parental involvement in the education of their children and in supporting the aims of the school.

Our Christian Character

  • We are fully inclusive and celebrate the rich diversity of the whole school community. We encourage every individual to thrive, tailoring care and support to the specific needs of individual children and their families.
  • We work in partnership with our local church and diocese, and leaders ensure that the distinctly Christian vision is at the heart of all we do.
  • We provide a broad and balanced curriculum for all children to encourage a love of learning, enabling all to flourish and creating opportunities for children to be confidently curious.
  • We give children the confidence to challenge social injustice and equality on a global scale, within a culture that encourages courageous advocacy.
  • We provide opportunities for children and adults to express their differing points of view in a safe, respectful environment where all opinions are valued but where prejudicial behaviours are challenged.
  • We ensure collective worship is invitational, varied and interactive allowing all to develop spiritually.
  • We ensure children flourish through the provision of high quality religious education, which is seen as a core subject.