Values Academy is an independent school which operates two schools, one in Birmingham and one in Nuneaton. It is a company limited by guarantee and an independent charity (number 1131991) 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.
Values Academy has based its working ethos on the following values:
Respect, Courage, Honesty, Compassion and Integrity
Our students and staff all work to uphold these values in our daily practises and have committees and meetings to support this in school.
There is a weekly Community Group Meeting which allows the school community to come together to celebrate the successes of the week whilst addressing any issues that have arisen and ensuring that student voice is heard.
Students are given the opportunity to make suggestions and vote for them in a democratic manner and to go with the majority. If there is an issue in school where a student or adult has felt unfairly treated, they are referred to the ‘Fairness Committee’ where each side puts a case to an independent chair person and each side work together to resolve and reconcile the situation. There is also a Health and Safety representative from the student body who looks around the school with the Site Manager and notes any H&S issues or ways the school building could be improved.
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 takes into account 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.
Welcome from the Principal
I am very proud to be part of the team at Values Academy. A school that puts the young people at the centre of everything it does. We aim for every young person to achieve success and reach their full potential.
It is not an exaggeration to state that there is a crisis in the mental health of young people both regionally and nationally. As a responsible school we recognise that this is absolutely true for the children we work with and their families. We realise that in order to learn effectively, the mental health of our students must be a priority and we are developing a ‘Whole School Approach’ to Mental Health and Wellbeing at Values Academy which will include support for students, staff and families.
We have contracted Rachel Feaver, who is a psychodynamic therapist with experience of working in SEMH schools and children’s residential settings, to assist us in developing our therapeutic thinking and our therapeutic curriculum. Rachel will be working with individual students when necessary, supporting staff in their work with students, offering staff training and reflective practice groups, as well as building partnerships with other therapeutic partners locally. Towards the end of this academic year Rachel and our staff will run our first parenting group aimed at supporting parents to support their children in school.
As a school we have committed to these endeavours whole-heartedly and we are beginning the process with ‘DDP level 1’ training for our school therapeutic leads, new roles created to support and disseminate therapeutic thinking at Values Academy. DDP (Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy) is an attachment focused therapy aiming to improve the relationship between young people who have experienced trauma and their care-givers, which in a school setting includes teachers and mentors.
I hope that our website will answer any questions you may have but I am always happy to speak to parents and carers about any aspect of your child’s life.
Welcome from the CEO
Caroline has given a comprehensive update on our strategic development, plans and aims to ensure that the mental health and well-being of our staff and students is at the heart of our values based provision.
I hope that you will see and experience the impact of our investment in this area which is already reflected in the therapeutic curriculum which you will find under the information tab and we have some great initiatives to support parents as well as students.
We always welcome referrers, parents and students to come and have a look around by prior arrangement with Caroline, or the School Leaders, so please let them know if you would like to come in and see us either in Birmingham or Nuneaton to see the schools and meet some of our staff?
We would be delighted to hear from you if you have students in mind who may benefit from our one to one community based education in a great environment with improved mental health and therapeutic support and sound educational outcomes.
If you think we can help, please get in touch.