Values Academy operates two independent special schools, one in Birmingham and the other in Nuneaton. It is an independent charity which provides an alternative to mainstream education for young people aged 11-19 who are at risk of social exclusion due to a co-morbidity of disorders or social, emotional, and behavioural difficulties.
Lynn Hatfield explains: “Our curriculum is accessible for all and fully encompasses our ethos of Respect, Courage, Honesty, Compassion, and Integrity. These fundamental values are essential in laying the foundations for the future of our young people.”
“Our students and staff all work to uphold these values in our daily practices and have committees and meetings to support this in school.
At Values, we support and educate the ‘whole’ child, not just focusing on academic merit. We understand that for some young people, in order to access the core curriculum, they need to develop their own social and emotional wellbeing first and foremost. That is not to say that we do not challenge our young people academically, the very opposite in fact, we deliver to GCSE level and aim for all of our cohort to achieve the very best that they can. We have qualified subject specialist teachers who have a wealth of experience in differentiating learning to meet the wide-ranging needs that our learners may have.”
“At Values Academy we aim to put a child’s mental health and emotional wellbeing at the heart of their schooling. Students are offered a thoughtful curriculum which considers their educational and emotional need. Our staff are offered ongoing training in the area of mental health and wellbeing and are supported to reflect on their practice. We work to develop good relationships with families and carers with our primary focus being the needs of the child in school.”
“By working together as a whole school, we aim to support our students in making positive, thoughtful choices in all areas of their lives. We aim to give them the tools to become good citizens and to think about not only their rights but also their responsibilities. By listening to the needs of our students, we focus on providing them with the skills to successfully navigate their relationships with respect, courage, honesty compassion, and integrity.”
“Staff, students, and Trustees take great pride in Values Academy, working consistently to uphold our values and build upon these to develop our young people into becoming respectful, courageous, honest, compassionate young adults who have the highest integrity and are ready and able to access the next chapter in their lives, be it Post 16 Education, training, or employment.”