What is Spirituality?

Spirituality is something that touches us all. It is a connection to something that is bigger than ourselves. It is about awe and wonder, asking ultimate questions and being inspired to look beyond ourselves and serve and care for others and nature. It  is about relationships, including the internal relationship within ourselves, and external relationships with one another and from a Christian perspective with God.

SEAC’s Spiritual Pathways

Spiritual Pathway  Footprints to add to SoW  Suggestions/ideas  

Loving God outdoors 

Opportunities to be outside  

Forestry, birdwatching, caring for creation, looking at habitats, minibeast hunts  


Loving God with the senses 


Activities that involve any of the senses  

Visual imagery  

Art, story, oracy  

Opportunities to discuss what it feels like to touch or use a particular material 



Loving God through ritual and symbol 



Festivals and ceremonies  

Events and people in Christian history (Influential Christians)   

Using the church’s seasonal colours  

Pattern and structure  




Loving God in solitude and simplicity 


Use of silence – no distractions  

Time alone to pray, contemplate or reflect  

‘Pause for thought’  



Loving God through confrontation 


Bringing about change in the community/taking up a cause (courageous advocacy)  

Eg. writing letters/emails to local MPs or organisations  



Loving God by loving others 


Serving others, particularly those who are poor or needy  

Blessing others beyond the community eg. helping refugees, visiting the elderly, learning sign language  



Loving God with mystery and celebration 


Celebrations – dancing, singing  

Range of music  

Re-enacting biblical stories  



Loving God with the mind 


Philosophical debate and discussion  

News – making connections between biblical teachings and the world around them  



Loving God through adoration 


Writing poetry, music, prayers or narratives about their spirituality  

Stilling or mindfulness activities  


Our Outdoor Spiritual Environments

In our Outdoor Spiritual Environments we hope to replicate and enhance the spiritual pathways that we have within school by; 

  • developing outdoor prayer spaces using natural objects 
  • responding with awe and wonder about how we are moved by sights, sounds, smells and things that we can touch
  • using visualisation techniques
  • use stilling and Christian mindfulness techniques 
  • encouraging silence and enjoyment 
  • ensuring that the whole community feels welcome.  

Our flourishing Spiritual Garden was developed as a ‘sacred’ space where children and adults can experience stillness, reflection, find quiet and calm and to allow for prayer whilst also being able to explore ‘Big Questions’. It is a space which provides opportunities to expand and explore growth – spiritually, morally, socially, culturally and academically. 

Every child, member of staff and volunteers from the community developed our  garden area. Our flower beds and vegetable field represent areas of our local community that are special and important to us and our village. We have won various awards at the Leek Town Council & Leek Allotment Holders & Gardeners Association including ‘Best School Garden 2020‘. 

We are now developing another area of our school grounds as a community spiritual garden.   

The Keith Hollins Community Orchard

In 2021, we unveiled our Community Orchard which is dedicated to the life and work of Keith Hollins (1952-2021) who was the Chief Executive Office of Staffordshire University Academies Trust (SUAT) The trees were planted to coincide with her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II Platinum Jubilee campaign to create a ‘Green Canopy’ across Britain (1926-2022) . Every member of our school community helped to plant one of the 25 fruit trees that are in this area, with Councillor Joe Porter and the ECO team ensuring that the planting was complete. 

Watch this space to see how our third garden grows! 

Our School Animals

At St. Edward’s Academy, one of the ways in which we develop our spirituality is by being RESPONSIBLE caregivers (Loving God by loving others) and looking after the animals that we have within our school. We have a dog called Morris, guinea pigs, tortoises, fish and chickens and we share the task of looking after them and giving them the care and attention that they need.