We set high standards at Inspire Academy but we treat our students as individuals and do what is best for each and every one of them.
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.
Inspire Academy believes Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural values and British Values are at the core of what we do. These include the concepts and ideas of democracy, law, individual liberty, respect and tolerance.
We believe that SMSC and British Values curriculum underpins all areas of our school; the ethos, the curriculum and the relationship with our wider community. We recognise that SMSC/ British Values are a key to preparing our students for their futures within British society.
We encourage our students to be thoughtful and tolerant citizens who will contribute in a positive way to the society of which they are a part.
We encourage our students to explore and respect other faiths and beliefs as well as encouraging them to explore their own feelings and their own identity. This is done through the curriculum, KS3 and KS4 assemblies and in our everyday interactions at break and lunchtimes.
We encourage our students to recognize right from wrong, to respect The Rule of Law and are they are given opportunities to make the right choices for themselves. Our students are taught about the consequences of making poor choices.
Students are taught to appreciate different and diverse viewpoints and engage with the British Value of Democracy within the school community. Restorative Justice is one way for our pupils to resolve conflicts, build relationships and function more harmoniously within our school.
Different cultural values are celebrated including those of the students themselves.