Formal designation as a Church of England Academy

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Formal designation as a Church of England Academy

The leaders at Open Academy are keen to reinforce and strengthen their commitment to the school’s inclusive Christian values.

Since opening in 2008, Open has always been underpinned by distinct Christian values. It has subsequently been well-supported through challenging times by the Diocese of Norwich Education and Academies Trust (DNEAT). DNEAT is a schools’ trust established by the Church of England for schools that seek to maintain their distinctive Christian ethos and character.

For some, the concept of a Christian ethos can be unclear. Our aims and values were inspired by the Church of England Vision for Education. Over time, we have earned a reputation for being a beacon of success in inclusive education. The clue is in our name - Open Academy! We proudly serve students from Heartsease of all faiths and none. We are immensely protective of this. Our success is inextricably linked to our strong Christian values.

We believe that formal designation as a Church of England academy will complement and secure this for the future. The proposed change in status will have no effect at all on our admissions policy, ethos or values.

You may recall that I have talked about this regularly in my weekly newsletters. We have already held a consultation evening and an extended consultation period. As this is such an important decision for the Academy, we have decided to open a further period of consultation from 9am on Wednesday 22 November to Wednesday 20 December inclusive.

Full details are set out in the linked proposal document.

What do you think?

Please complete this simple online form or email to share your views.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Kindest regards

Jon Ford
Principal – Open Academy


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