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Archbishop Sentamu Academy


Archbishop of York at Archbishop Sentamu AcademyThe Archbishop announced in 2008 a commitment to raise £1.5m for a new Academy in East Hull.

Formally opening the Academy in October 2008, Dr Sentamu said: "I am proud to have my name linked to this Academy. I strongly believe in its vision to aspire, serve and achieve. My prayer for all of you at the Academy is that you have the courage to have dreams that will transform not only your lives, but the lives of all those you meet, for the better".

The Archbishop Sentamu Academy was one of six Church of England academies opened in 2008, making 18 in total across the country.

The Academy will be more than just a school ensuring high quality educational provision for all. 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 specialisms include Health Sciences and Business & Enterprise. Children will also be taught through the school's Christian ethos that character matters more than celebrity. The Academy's ethos will be Christian: open to all and for the benefit of all.

The Archbishop said: "I pray that every boy and girl who benefits from a place there will have written on their heart the biblical texts, 'If Christ shall make you free, you shall be free indeed. Do to others as you would have them do to you. This will be an Academy with a difference. It will be a centre of excellence and life long learning. An Academy for the whole community. As we Africans say, now as an African Yorkshire man, "It takes the whole village to raise, nurture and educate a child."