Vision and Values


Ark Burlington Danes is a Church of England community school guided by its Christian ethos; we build positive relationships founded on respectful tolerance. We believe in inclusive excellence with all pupils exceeding expectations, every pupil matters, every lesson counts. We aim to enrich lives, make a difference in the local community and develop lifelong learners who will have the ability to have a transforming influence on the world.

Our goal is that all students can go on to the university or a career of their choice

Our school is built on six pillars. These pillars are the foundation of an excellent education and support all that we do from setting our long-term vision to driving day to day decision making. They are present in all aspects of our practice and at all levels of our organisation. We have an uncompromising ambition that at Ark Burlington Danes students leave as confident, articulate and culturally aware young people who take on key roles within their communities. At BDA we ‘Believe, Dream, Achieve’, and at BDPA ‘Believe, Dream, Persevere, Achieve’. Our students are encouraged to believe in themselves, to dream big, to persevere when faced with challenges and to achieve greatness in all that they do. We want them to live life to its fullest.

High Expectations

High expectations around manners, honesty, integrity, and appearance are visible in every conversation at the academy. We want the students at BDA to become responsible citizens who can make valuable contributions in society through their choices.

Excellent Teaching

Teachers at BDA are passionate subject specialists who ensure that each and every lesson each and every day challenges and inspires pupils to master subject content and skills that will enable them to be lifelong learners.

Exemplary Behaviour

By maintaining a respectful, inclusive and orderly environment, through clear routines, all pupils can feel safe and participate fully in the life of the academy.

Depth for Breadth

Our curriculum is rigorous, knowledge-led and prioritises depth for breadth. Teachers are experts in their field and use data alongside their rich and deep subject knowledge to ensure that pupils master key content before moving on, enabling excellent outcomes.

Knowing every child

We commit time to developing our pupils’ aspirations and making sure that their passions are supported. We ensure that each pupil is known, and their personal development supported so they can flourish through a culture of positive relationships.

Always learning

We are committed to identifying talent and nurturing individuals to create a community of exceptional teachers, highly skilled support staff, thoughtful managers and strategic leaders. Training and development is integral to the ongoing success of a highly professional staff.