Our Principles and Approaches

We believe in achieving our aims through;

  • Providing our students with a fresh start
  • Getting to know and understand students and planning for their needs.
  • Challenging stereotypes and prejudice
  • Working sensitively with students but also with challenge and persistence to encourage their self-belief and progress.
  • Carefully agreed challenging goals and expectations with regular monitoring and review.
  • Being values based to build character
  • Aiming for excellence

Learning and Progress

  • Increasing self-esteem and independence in learning.
  • Developing a positive approach to learning in a safe and supportive environment.
  • The need for a broad and balanced curriculum and a range of learning opportunities, both formal and informal
  • Providing teaching and learning that inspires and is based on the principles of assessment for learning
  • The importance of working for a purpose and having achievement recognised through accreditation
  • Maintaining as close an alignment to mainstream provision, as possible to support, reintegration.

Good Behaviour

  • Creating a climate in which the management of behaviour is: “Firm, Fair, Flexible and Forgiving”.
  • Ensuring that every student understands they have the right to feel safe, valued and respected, and to learn free from the disruption of others
  • A zero- tolerance approach to behaviour which harms individuals or the community,
  • Setting clear boundaries by challenging all unacceptable behaviour immediately.
  • The use of Restorative Practices to create an environment where all members of the learning community work together to create a safe environment where learning can flourish
  • Supporting independence in behaviour.

Strong Support

  • Providing a nurturing and caring environment
  • Offering support and therapeutic provision
  • Working with students and their families
  • Helping students and their families to access support from other agencies
  • Working with a multi-agency approach, particularly to address safeguarding issues, including contextual safeguarding.

    Developing a community of learners, that supports the concept of life-long learning for staff, students and their families

Belief...          Respect...          Integrity...          Vision...          Excellence...          Responsibility...           Courage...