The Anglican Diocese of Liverpool and the Roman Catholic Archdiocese came together to develop a new City Academy – The Academy of St Francis of Assisi. The academy has a soundly based Christian ethos and its educational specialism is the environment.
A report on the curriculum specialism was commissioned by Cambridge Education Associates from White Design. Its purpose was twofold:
to develop a strategic framework for the academy's curriculum that engenders respect for the environment and an understanding of our place in it as caring human beings; and
to advise on how to integrate teaching and learning opportunities that promote awareness of sustainable development within all aspects of the academy's design, construction, operation and maintenance and its place in the local community.
The report made a number of recommendations in areas ranging from linking the curriculum with the design of buildings and the immediate landscape, to opportunities for human and personal development for students, consistent with the social dimension of sustainable development and training requirements related to environmental and sustainable development education for academy staff. The report was presented to the project’s Curriculum Sub-Group Meeting, with a subsequent presentation to the Project Board.
Following the appointment of the academy’s principal, and the start of the construction phase, the governing body asked White Design to conduct a focused review of progress against the original recommendations. The aim and objectives of this much shorter studywas to provide an independent perspective on how the Academy of St Francis of Assisi is fulfilling its vision to deliver an environmentally-based curriculum, delivered in environmentally-focussed facilities.