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Welcome

Welcome to the Bolton and Farnworth Multi-Academy Trust Ethos website.

Our Trust website is designed to be a central place for our Ethos work. Here you will find ideas and activities to support children and adults in developing Ethos activities in your school. There are activities relating to spiritual development, worship, Ethos to Go and general Ethos activities. Most of the activities can be downloaded as a resource card in PdF format. We hope you find our website useful and would love you have your feedback. 

Love and prayers

Ethos Group leaders and Canon Pilling 

Together with God

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Church of England Vision for Education

There are fundamental reasons, rooted in the Bible, which have motivated centuries of Christian involvement in schooling in this country and around the world. The God of all creation is concerned with everything relating to education. 

This is a fresh articulation of the Church of England's vision for education as we meet the challenges and take the opportunities offered by the present situation. It is not simply for Church schools but, recognising the Church of England's involvement in education over many centuries, seeks to promote educational excellence everywhere, for everyone. In Church schools the deeply Christian foundation for this vision will be seen explicitly in the teaching and learning both in RE and across the curriculum, and also in the authentically Christian worship and ethos of those schools. In other schools which are not rooted in an explicit Christian ethos, our vision for education can still be expressed and promoted as one of human flourishing that can inspire what the schools is and does.

The vision is deeply Christian, with the promise by Jesus of 'life in all its fulness' at its heart. It encompasses schools, colleges, further and higher education, but in this initial articulation our focus is on schools; other work will follow relating more specifically to collages and universities as well as exploring the connections with our Going for Growth work with children and young people in the church.

Our vision embraces the spiritual, physical, intellectual, emotional, moral and social development of children and young people. We offer a vision of human flourishing for all, one that embraces excellence and academic rigour, but sets them in a wider framework. This is worked out theologically and educationally through four basic elements which permeate our vision for education:

  • Wisdom

  • Hope

  • Community

  • Dignity

The vision, in line with the Church of England's role as the established Church, is for the common good of the whole human community and its environment, whether national, regional or local. It is hospitable to diversity, respects freedom of religion and belief, and encourages others to contribute from the depths of their own traditions and understandings. It invites collaboration, alliances, negotiation of differences, and flourishing of a healthy plural society and democracy, together with a healthy plural education system.

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Meet our Schools

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Bishop Bridgeman C.E. Primary School

We Work, We Play, We Care, We Pray

Bolton & Farnworth C of E Primary Multi Academy Trust

"Jesus said: Love God, Love yourself, Love your neighbour"

Luke 10:27

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St James C.E Primary School logo

St James C.E Primary School

Dream • Believe • Learn • Achieve

Bolton & Farnworth C of E Primary Multi Academy Trust

"With God there is no limit to what you can do.

There is no obstacle you can't overcome.

Through Him all things are possible."

Matthew 19:26

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St Maxentius C.E Primary School

Believing and Achieving Together

Bolton & Farnworth C of E Primary Multi Academy Trust

"And when he finds it, he joyfully puts it on his shoulders and goes home. Then he calls his friends and neighbours together and says "Rejoice with me; I have found my lost sheep"

Luke 15: 5-6

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