Values Academy operates two independent special 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 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 Rachel Feaver last year, 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 works with individual students when necessary, she supports staff in their work with students, offers staff training and reflective practice groups, as well as building partnerships with other therapeutic partners locally. Rachel and our staff have run a parenting group aimed at supporting parents to support their children in school.
In our two schools, 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 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.