About Us

Values Academy operates two  independent special schools, one in Birmingham and the other 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 CEO

Values Academy has two schools with a core values based ethos which puts our students at the centre of everything we do. We aim for every young person to achieve their personal best and reach their full potential.
It is not an exaggeration to say that there is a crisis in the mental health of young people both regionally and nationally. As a responsible organisation 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, their families, and our staff.

We appointed 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 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.

We always welcome referrers, parents and students to come and have a look around by prior arrangement with our 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.

Estelle Dimelor


Welcome from the School Principal

I am extremely proud to welcome you to Values Academy Website. Our schools in Birmingham and Nuneaton provide education for students between the ages of 11 – 19 with a wide range of special educational needs. 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.

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.

The curriculum that we offer to students is one that is mindful of their emotional wellbeing and mental health, this is especially important in light of the Covid 19 pandemic which has had a great impact on our young people. Our staff are offered ongoing training in this area and are supported to reflect on and build upon their practice, to best meet the needs of our young people.

Our mentors are extremely knowledgeable and are always supportive, both in and out of lessons. There is always someone available for our young people to talk to and if any issue is identified, this is dealt with in line with our values.

We take time to build positive relationships with our families so that we can work in partnership to best support our young people. In addition, we work closely with a wide range of excellent professionals who support us in meeting individual needs. These collaborations support Values in developing our young people and enabling them to make a positive contribution in school, at home and in the wider community.

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.

Michelle Baker