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Welcome to Values Academy
We don’t believe in lost causes
We are an independent special school in the West Midlands and a registered charity (number 1131991). We have two school sites: one in Birmingham and one in Nuneaton. We provide an alternative to mainstream education for young people aged 11 to 18 who are at risk of social exclusion.
Most of our students have been permanently excluded or withdrawn from their previous education. Many are statemented children with special educational needs, and some are looked-after children. All have experienced failures in their education before and have disengaged from learning. They come to Values Academy when nobody else can help them.
Our success rate is superb. In June 2012, 20 students left Values Academy. They all achieved nationally recognised qualifications appropriate to their abilities, including:
- 37 Entry Level Certificates
- 52 GCSE passes
- 12 GCSE equivalents
Special educational needs
At Values Academy, young people can study according to their individual needs and abilities. We designed our balanced curriculum to meet the identified needs of young people experiencing social, emotional and behavioural difficulties. Students choose from entry-level qualifications, GCSEs or GCSE equivalents, and a range of courses from the ASDAN programme.
Our personalised approach and values-based teaching and learning methods help students to re-engage with their education. Value’s Academy’s Ofsted reports show that our young people not only achieve good academic results; they also develop self-respect, confidence, honesty, compassion and integrity.
Great Ofsted reports
Ofsted visited both our school sites in June 2012. The inspectors were very impressed, stating that:
“[Values Academy] provides a good quality of education; it successfully meets its aims. Students are well-prepared for the next stage of their lives as a result of highly effective personal, social and health education (PSHE) and well-tailored academic programmes. They make rapid gains in their personal development and outstanding progress in their behaviour.”
When young people leave Values Academy, they do so ready to make the most of their opportunities. But don’t take our word for it; our success stories speak for themselves.
“Thank you for giving me this opportunity to make something of my life. You could have said, ‘Forget it!’ when you saw my record, but you gave me one last chance. I will try hard to make sure that you never regret it.” Craig Chapman
Director of School