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Chris Reynolds | Principal

Diocese of York

The Diocese of York is the Sponsor of Archbishop Sentamu Academy as part of its mission to serve young people and their communities.

Church schools are at the heart of the Church of England’s mission. They serve children and families of all faiths and of none, providing a high quality education and seeking to enhance the communities in which they live and work. The Academy is part of a family of 127 Church schools across the Diocese.

The Archbishop Sentamu Academy has developed as a centre of educational excellence founded on Christian principles and with a Christian ethos. It will be committed to nurturing and valuing every member of its community and to an inclusive approach to all aspects of Academy life.

Through its care for the spiritual and physical well-being of students and staff, the Academy aims to:

  • Raise aspirations and achievement for all
  • Nurture confident, open-minded young people with a ‘can do’ attitude and an articulate voice on their community and their future, and
  • Encourage a love of learning, eagerness to succeed and willingness to participate.

The former Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu, is an enthusiastic supporter of and advocate for the Academy. He said:

“This will be more than just a school. Its students will come from the locality and be shown that what they can do for their neighbourhood is at least as important as what they can do for themselves. The Academy’s ethos will be Christian: open to all and for the benefit of all. We are committed to making a difference to the lives of young people and their community.”
William Wilberforce Memorial Lecture, 30 October 2007