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.
Welcome from the School Principal
On behalf of students, staff and Trustees, we would like to warmly welcome you to our website.Both of our schools provide for students between the ages of 11 to 19 with wide ranging special educational needs. We enable students to access the curriculum, develop their self-esteem and realise their potential. Our values-based curriculum model is tailored to the needs of each individual and supports them to make rapid progress, both socially and academically. We are able to provide high quality provision for young people from each local area and further afield.
The over-riding aim of our two schools is to provide an inclusive education in the most real sense, preparing students to take a confident and active place in society who are well prepared to meet the challenges of adult life, including the world of work, continuing education and independent living.
Our professional and caring staff make a strong and dedicated team where every young person is treated with respect to ensure that their rights, needs and aspirations, personal preferences and pathways remain central to the charity’s organisation. We want our students to be empowered and to benefit in the future from a meaningful and rewarding adulthood.
To achieve this, we are committed to ensuring that we work in partnership with our families and in collaboration with a wide range of professionals who guide and support us in meeting the individual needs of our students. Collaborating in this way, we are enhancing the opportunities available to our students to make a unique contribution to their family, school and local community.
We are very proud of our schools and are always pleased to welcome visitors. We would be delighted to welcome you to our schools to see for yourself our very special and inspirational environment.
Thank you for showing an interest and please do not hesitate to contact us if you require more information.
Young people have experienced a period of enormous change and uncertainty with very little time to adapt to a new way of life under lockdown. Keeping our independent special schools open throughout this time for key groups has supported a very positive return for all students at the start of this academic year. Some will reintegrate back into education easily, but others will need more support to build their resilience to cope with the constant changes and uncertainty.
Teaching staff have adapted quickly to remote teaching and have created a wonderful environment where our new systems of control are in place to ensure the environment is safe. Our staff teams are all committed to how we can best support our young people during these unprecedented times full of uncertainty and change.
It’s a critical time to support the mental health and well-being of young people and all staff as we navigate the new realities of life post lockdown and back in education. We are fortunate to be supported by a strong team of Trustees.
It has been great to have our students in school again. Our young people have come back with a real energy to learn and the preparations by all the staff are already working well as we assess the students’ skills to ensure we meet all their needs. We are planning catch up support work alongside the core teaching work we have planned.
We have been really pleased with the number of students who have returned. We have had 85% of the students back in class and are working to support the remaining young people back to their routines. The bubble system is working well and our students have quickly settled into new routines and school systems. We are very proud of them.
These first few weeks have been a strong start to term for many reasons. Each day we have learned from the school systems and made improvements.
We are working with our specialist taxi companies to ensure new arrangements for drop-off are successful and our students are becoming confident in these new arrangements. We are delighted to welcome new students to our schools in Birmingham and Nuneaton and greatly appreciate the support of our Local Authorities as we continue our working partnerships for the benefit of every young person.