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Northill CE Academy

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Where we ' Stars'

(Philippians 2:15)

Who are we?


Northill CE Academy is a small Christian school in a beautiful rural location situated on the borders of Bedford Borough and Central Bedfordshire.


We care for pupils of all abilities and backgrounds. Every child’s unique character is considered in our creative approach to teaching and learning. This is always at the forefront of our school's ethos, we know that there is no ‘one size fits all’ education at Northill. In the year 2021-22, we support over 50 children, ranging from Reception to Year 4.


Our dedicated teaching and support staff see all our pupils as individuals with their own unique experiences and personalities to offer. At the core of every decision we make is our school vision, for all children to flourish as unique individuals, aspiring to starsPupils academic, spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is key to this at Northill. We prioritise happy, kind, well-cared for pupils who are enabled to flourish through strong values, positive encouragement and an ethos of togetherness. 


Our children are given the tools needed for life in a diverse and ever-evolving society beyond our school walls. To ensure this can happen, we enhance our schools provision through the use of our ‘hidden curriculum’ which embodies our schools Christian Values, Collective Worship, Behaviour Principles and Pupil Welfare principles that we adopt as a nurturing, relationship based community hub. 


In essence, we view our school community as a family, with our building being the central hub for all of our families to come together for learning and development in preparation for accessing ‘life in all its fullness’ (John 10:10).


It is vital that we provide the best possible environment built on supporting our community to thrive. Our school vision is our golden thread throughout all we do: ‘Aspire, Believe, Together we Achieve!’ Through living to this motto our pupils are enabled to ‘Shine…like Stars” (Philippians 2:15).


As well as finding information about our school and curriculum on this site, I do hope that you will gain a sense of the school’s mission to care and work to the highest possible standard to enable your child to flourish, enjoy learning and to grow into happy, responsible, unique individuals.



Mr Chris Macinnes
Interim Headteacher


The staff and governors are very pleased to say that during our last Ofsted inspection (2018), the school, once again, received a rating of “good” from the inspector. 

Why are we here?

Our School Vision


At Northill CE Academy our Christian vision is rooted in the Church of England vision for education, 'life in all it's fullness' (John 10:10). At Northill we encapsulate life in all its fullness through our school motto and vision that enables pupils to truly flourish, and realise when they are doing so. 


'Aspire, Believe, Together we Achieve.'


Through this well established motto we are able able to support our pupils and community to flourish. We advocate and promote aspiration for all of our pupils through our teaching and learning experiences as well as through Christian Values. At Northill CE Academy all children know that they can flourish through working together, relationships are at the core of what we do. Inspiring and aspiring as a collective to ensure that we can ' stars'


To support our Christian Vision we are guided by the underpinning that we can all flourish as beacons in our world. Philippians (2:15) supports us to understand the words of Jesus and promote our Christian Vision further, encouraging our pupils and community to truly flourish in the pursuit of life in all its fullness. 



“15 so that you may become blameless and pure, “children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation.” Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky” (Philippians 2:15)


The school vision is echoed through our community through the motto and aspiration to;


“Shine... like stars”

(Philippians 2:15)


Key principles that help us further establish our Christian Vision through all that we do:


  • Working hard to make sure that our faith supports each individual at Northill to flourish

  • Developing our pupils to enjoy their learning and become life-long learners

  • Ensuring our pupils achieve the very best that they can and fulfil their potential

  • Providing learning experiences that are meaningful, aspirational and inclusive


These principles guide us in our decision making and organisation. Our Christian Vision guides our aims and ensures we are always putting our pupils and their potential at the centre of everything we do.

How do we live?


To find out exactly how we live, please explore our website, get in touch or even come for a visit. This website should give you an initial insight into our welcoming school community where we aspire for all children to achieve their best, keeping their individuality and unique spirits at the forefront of their journey. Browse our curriculum pages and discover how we do things, the Northill Way. Feel free to create a list of questions and get in touch to answer any queries you may have. 


At Northill CE Academy we are open, honest and ready to learn from eachother. Come and join us on our journey where we work to ' stars'

School Tour

A tour of the wider school by Mr. Macinnes