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Ethos and Aims 

Our Aim  

Archbishop Tenison’s Church of England High School exists to provide a Church of England education primarily for children of Anglican and other Christian families living within the Archdeaconry of Croydon.  

Our Purpose  

The school’s purpose is summed up in its three-part motto: “Academic excellence for each person as part of a Christian community”.  

Each part makes its own contribution to the whole:  

  • “Academic excellence” reflects our academic task and focus in a 2000 year-old tradition of Christian learning which values all subject disciplines equally  

  • “for each person” recognises that individual personal development is also critical to academic success in all its varied forms  

  • “as part of a Christian community” provides the distinctive social setting in which young people can learn to understand God, the created world and other human beings who live within it in a way which is consistent with Christian teaching about what it means to be fully human.

Our Ethos (as contained in the Admission Criteria)  

Archbishop Tenison’s Church of England School has a distinctive Christian ethos which gives the school its purpose and provides an inclusive environment where children can learn and flourish in a setting shaped by Christian values. We welcome applications from all members of the community and we ask all parents to respect the Christian ethos of the school.  

Our educational aims  

  • to uphold Christian belief through worship and daily life and to enable students to grow in a living faith;  

  • to develop the habit and skills of academic enquiry, intellectual integrity, and a love of learning for its own sake;  

  • to broaden the student's cultural experience by active involvement in and appreciation of the expressive arts and by examining the role that culture, including science and technology, plays in creating civilised societies;  

  • to develop an awareness and understanding of their physical capabilities in students through curricular and extra-curricular activities whilst fostering positive attitudes to health and safety and sportsmanship;  

  • to promote an understanding of different religions and ethnic origins and cultures in order to reduce intolerance and prejudice; to promote the integration into the community of people of all ethnic backgrounds; and to foster and develop a strong sense of moral values which are given practical expression in all aspects of the lives of those who make up this school community;  

  • to create in students an awareness of their abilities enabling them to realise their potential and to play their full part, as Christians, in the wider community in this country and overseas; to prepare them for the world of work and to develop within them interests which they will find enriching and fulfilling;  

  • to encourage pupils towards an understanding of their own feelings and the feelings of others, thus developing a friendly, supportive and caring community, in which every student is equally valued.  

The school aims to be a centre of excellence in all that it does. It is a partnership involving students, staff and parents, based on mutual respect and a common purpose. Everybody at the school is committed to these aims and is expected to play a full part in their realisation.  

Our vision  

This Christian educational vision also informs the annual School Development Plan, which reviews the school’s work from seven different aspects, each of which is then the focus for a four year cycle of planned, mostly gradual changes to the school, so that it can continue to fulfil this aim. The Development Plan for each new school year is published in September, with a summary available from the School Office.  

As part of our thinking as we now look beyond our 300th anniversary, we have identified five things to set the agenda for a new chapter of our life as a school community. We both look back with gratitude and we look forward with confidence to see a school which (1) asks good questions and knows that teaching the question is more important than teaching the answer (2) builds strong foundations for all of life (3) contributes to the whole and as a church school offers companionship to other schools facing the same educational challenges in different contexts,  

(4) develops international understanding and (5) both educates adults and schools young people - two tasks which belong inextricably together.