Mission, Vision & Values

Mission Statement

Our mission at The Archbishop Lanfranc Academy is to serve and empower our diverse community by providing an inclusive, safe and nurturing environment that values and celebrates cultural differences. We aim to promote academic achievement, teamwork, accountability, leadership and aspiration among all students and to enable them to achieve academically and socially in a rapidly changing world.


TALA will empower its diverse community to be successful learners, who strive for excellence academically and creatively and who, through their personal growth, will become aspirational, resilient, confident and principled adults.

TALA Values

Teamwork – We all contribute to the betterment of the ‘teams’ we are in

Accountability – We are responsible for our own development and behaviour

Leadership – We have the power to exert influence and bring about change

Aspiration – We place no limits on what we can achieve

TALA Values Award

The TALA Values Award is a set of objectives that have been designed to encourage independent, dedicated and curious learners, who contribute to our school and wider community.

There is a list of books, podcasts, essay topics and television shows/documentaries for students to engage with as part of the Lanfranc Values Award. To support our students with these challenges there are a list of resources below.

Alongside the British Values and SMSC programme we want to encourage students to critically engage with the world around them and spark conversations and positive action.

Suggested Topics List

Below are some suggested essay titles, you can edit any of these or choose your own! Use the link below to support with your essay writing structure.


Aim for a word count of 400-600 words for each essay.

Can optimism influence your immunity?

How does using a bicycle instead of a car improve your health and lower your environmental impact?

Does social media improve people’s communication skills?

Are people who went to university more successful?

How is global warming linked to species extinction?

How do electronic devices influence child development?

Does organic produce consumption reduce health risks?

Can freedom of speech be abused?

Does cheating in school has long-term life effects on one’s personality?

Does consumerism pollute the planet?

Does social media violate our privacy?

Do food companies control our diets?

Does our educational system suit our society?

Is capital punishment ever justified?

Does police brutality have a racial aspect?

Should recycling be compulsory?

Is competition beneficial?

Do careers in blogging have a future?

Will people ever be able to live without the Internet?

Should everyone engage in volunteering and charity?

Should testing on animals be legal?

Does our tax system benefit everyone fairly?

Your favourite memory.

Your best friend and how you met.

Your first time on a plane.

The first book you read.

Your biggest fear.

Your family traditions.

The most embarrassing situation you have experienced.

How do you relax on your weekend?

Things you love about school.

The funniest story about you and your sibling.

A person who inspires you.

How you overcame any of your fears.

The weirdest travel experience you had.

Describe a museum that has become your favourite.

The happiest day of your life.

Describe your favourite literary character.

The person that inspires you.

The earliest memory you posses.

Talk about one of your friends and describe him/her.

The most beautiful view you have ever seen.

Describe the place that exists solely in your imagination.

Talk about your favourite sport and describe your experience at a live game.

Describe yourself to someone who has never met you.

Talk about your favourite memory.

The most memorable day of school.

Your favourite birthday.

Cultural Capital Collection

Between art and popular culture: the myriad influences of Chris Ofili.

Behind the Cover: Quil Lemons on shooting Billie Eilish for Vanity Fair.

The Art Book.

Read This if You Want to Take Great Photographs.

Steve Jobs: The Exclusive Biography.

T’hink and Grow Rich’  – Napoleon Hill.

Hard Drive: Bill Gates and the Making of the Microsoft Empire.

Any of Shakespeare’s sonnets; the Romantic poets.

Myths and legends- especially Greek & Roman; Arthurian, Norse.

Any of Dickens novels, especially Great Expectations, Oliver Twist.

Animal Farm and/or 1984; Brave New World.

Novels by Jane Austen, the Brontes; Dracula; other 19th century classics.

The Heat of the Moment: A Firefigter’s Stories of Life and Death Decisions’  – Sabrina Cohen-Hatton.

‘Beyond the Waves: My Royal Navy Adventures’  – Andrew Heasman.

‘Police, Crime & 999 – The True Story of a Front Line Officer’  – John Donohue.

‘Crossing the Line: Lessons From a Life on Duty’  – John Sutherland.

Bandit Country: Seven Days in the Life of a British Soldier’  – Geoffrey MacMullen.

Evolve 2021 hosted by Patrick Ayree.

Exit through the gift shop.(youtube.com).

Imagine. The Year of Anish Kapoor (BBC Iplayer).

Abstract: The Art of Design. Olafur Eliasson (Netflix.com).

Grayson’s Art Club More (All four).

The Apprentice.

Inside the Factory.

The Biomimicry Institute – Biomimicry.

A midsummer night’s dream (BBC Iplayer).

Romeo and Juliet (BBC Iplayer).

Upstart Crow (BBC iPlayer).

Any film or TV series based on Literature, eg Pride & Prejudice.

Natural History Museum

British Library

The National Gallery


Tate Modern

London Eye

Supreme Court

Houses of Parliament

Bletchley Park

Warner Bros. Studio Tours – Harry Potter

Computing LIVE

The Design Museum – Virtual Tour of Museum (free)

The VandA – Virtual Tour of Museum (free)

The Museum of Brands

The Fashion Textiles Museum

The Mathematics Gallery in the Science Museum