Values and Vision

Bourn is a school filled with hope. We steadfastly believe each individual is capable of great things. We work together in friendship, challenging ourselves and each other to be the best we can be. We aim for ‘life in all its fullness’; striving to make the world a better place.

(Bible reference: “Life in all its fullness” – see John 10:10)

Our vision intrinsically links to the Christian values of hope, courage, justice, forgiveness and friendship.

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. (Romans 15:13)

David also said to Solomon his son, “Be strong and courageous, and do the work. Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the Lord God, my God, is with you”. (1 Chronicles 28:20)

Learn to do good; seek justice, correct oppression. (Isaiah 1:17)

Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other just as in Christ, God forgave you. (Ephesians 4:32)

A sweet friendship refreshes the soul. (Proverbs 27:9)

The School Prayer

Sovereign LORD, our heavenly father,
You called your disciples friends,
Help us to encourage each other in friendship as we learn together.
You are willing to forgive us when we ask,
Help us to show forgiveness when we feel wronged and help us work to make things better.
You love justice,
Help us to care about justice and give us courage to do what is right.
You are the God of Hope,
Give us hope, that with your help, we can do great things.
We pray for our school community and everyone connected with it.
Thank you that you promise to hear us when we pray.

(Bible references in the prayer are to John 15:15 (friends), Matthew 6:12-14 (forgiveness), Isaiah 61:8 (justice), Romans 15:13 (hope))

The expectation is that children will develop as confident, organised, self-motivated and outward-looking; growing in the fruit of the Spirit, and embodying love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.

Bourn Academy logo

Being a Church of England school enables us to nourish and support these values, as reflected by our School logo, which depicts a strong and jubilant child as a growing tree, full of hope and courage, standing firmly on the foundation of the seed (an acorn), which is the Word of God.

Through these Christian values we aim to provide a culture of respect, humility, compassion, justice, forgiveness and friendship throughout our school community.


“The distinctiveness of Bourn as a Church of England School is outstanding. The Christian foundation of the school is deeply embedded… Bourn’s Christian character and values lead directly to its high levels of achievement and attendance as well as having a significant impact on pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.”

National Society Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools Report, October 2014.