Ethos and Values
Often our young people are hostile and volatile young people; often they have been let down or ‘sidestepped’ by the education, health and social care system. Our students are unique and exceptional young people who can be fragile and need constant and consistent support.
The school aims to support not just academic but social, emotional and life skills helping them to plan for and work towards a future that includes a plan for continual learning and development. Our curriculum and enrichment supports these aims and equips our young people to communicate with respect and skill. We expect the young people, the parents and carers and all other professionals to work together to help the young person to achieve and develop their interests and to build confidence and expectation of themselves and of their peers.
The staff model and demonstrate acceptance and celebrate difference and achievement. By absorbing the good practice around them, our students develop the academic and personal skills, and confidence, that will enable them to become responsible adults who have jobs and fulfilling relationships. This may happen quickly or, for some, over a longer period of time, but all of our young people will receive support and advice to build the resilience and strategies required to succeed.
Educationalists call this school a challenging environment – it is. We challenge students, Parents and Carers to support their young persons' growth; we challenge local authority to see beyond the initial chaos and smoke screen created by the young people in their attempt to prove that yet another school will “not keep them” and support us to break the cycle. We are confident that by the time our students reach their final year with us, they will have a growing confidence. We are confident that our young people will achieve the academic and social skills that in turn will support choice and opportunity for these remarkable young people. We aim to support the young people to choose a positive future. In their journey through the school, they will demonstrate growing confidence and will be able to look you in the eye and talk to you. The young person will not be offending and they will be attending sixth form, college or accessing an apprenticeship.