Christian Ethos and Values

Trinity Academy Cathedral is Wakefield’s only Church of England secondary school. Our distinctive Christian Ethos nurtures and celebrates the individuality of every student, regardless of faith background. Everything we do is built upon the belief that ‘everything is possible for one who believes’ and rooted in our four Christian values of empathy, honesty, respect and responsibility.

We have strong links with churches across Wakefield, in particular Wakefield Cathedral, and we benefit from the support of officers and services from the schools education department in the Diocese of Leeds.


To develop kind, courteous and confident young people, who are highly knowledgeable, strive for excellence and advocate courageously for social justice. ‘

Everything is possible for one who believes. (Mark 9v23)

As Wakefield’s only Church of England secondary school, our vision is rooted in the Bible. We share in the Church of England’s Vision for Education, which recognises the invaluable place of education in the fulfilment of Jesus’ promise of ‘life in all its fullness’. Our vision statement, inspired by Jesus, that ‘Everything is possible for one who believes’ (Mark 9:23), encourages our community to have hope and aspiration for the future, overcoming obstacles, never allowing background or circumstance to hold us back

Through our carefully crafted curriculum, we celebrate curiosity, creativity and critical thinking, fostering joy in a life-long pursuit of wisdom. “The one who gets wisdom loves life; the one who cherishes understanding will soon prosper.” (Proverbs 19:8) We acknowledge that success requires perseverance in the face of struggle but, inspired by ‘The Parable of the Lost Sheep’, we are unrelenting in our nurture and support of every individual.

To ensure the personal and spiritual flourishing of our students, we place great value in Religious Studies and PSHE, as well as providing plentiful opportunity for collective worship. We live by our values of empathy, honesty, respect and responsibility, encouraging staff and students to be courageous advocates for social justice both locally, nationally and globally.


We recognise the importance of understanding the feelings and experiences of others.

Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.
(Colossians 3v12-14 NIV)


We understand that truthfulness and integrity are key to building a strong community.

Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable – if anything is excellent or praiseworthy – think about such things.
(Philippians 4 v8-9 NIV)


We value each member of the community, showing regard for others and celebrating difference.

So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.
(Matthew 7v12 NIV)


We are committed to caring for ourselves, our community and the world around us.

Each of you has received a gift to use to serve others.
(1 Peter 4v10 NCV)

Our acts of worship and the reading of our academy prayer provide opportunity to explore and reflect upon our Christian values. Written by our students and based upon our values, the prayer is read by the whole academy on a daily basis as part of our two-minute silent reflection.


Inspire us to give of our best and make good use of the talents you have given us.
Teach us how to be positive in attitude, showing empathy, honesty and respect to all in our community.

Help us to recognise that we have a responsibility to care for those who are suffering.
Empower us so we may have the courage and determination to be the change we wish to see.


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