The Peak Academy is a publicly funded, independent state school. The Academy is situated in Dursley, Gloucestershire, and draws pupils from a range of backgrounds, both urban and rural, across Gloucestershire and also neighbouring LEAs.
The Academy is a special school for young people all of whom have a statement primarily identifying Social, Emotional and Mental Health needs including a range of secondary needs such as; moderate learning communication and interaction, ASD and attachment and trauma. The Academy can admit up to 60 pupils between the ages of 11 and 16.
Underpinning this vision is our commitment to the inclusion of young people with special needs and disabilities in our society. This begins by offering an outstanding education and is supported by our commitment to lifelong learning. It also addresses negative attitudes; lack of services, or ready access to them; and other harmful social, economic, and cultural barriers.
The staff and governors provide a highly effective and individual package of education, care, and pastoral support to young people who may have only negative experiences of school. A safe, caring environment supported by high levels of staffing ensures that each pupil has the opportunity to make progress and achieve their full potential.
The high standard of education on offer in a caring environment provides a positive choice for parents and young people. The Peak Academy is committed to a strong partnership between home and school in order for pupils to achieve high standards in all areas of the curriculum.
The Peak Academy's Values
Firm belief in the reliability or truth of someone or something.
The quality or state of not thinking you are better than other people.
A feeling of deep admiration for someone or something elicited by their abilities, qualities, or achievements.
The quality of being extremely outstanding or good.
Promoting British Values
The Peak Academy is committed to serving its community. It recognises the multi-cultural, multi faith and ever-changing nature of the United Kingdom. It also understands the vital role it has in ensuring that groups or individuals within the school are not subjected to intimidation or radicalisation by those wishing to unduly, or illegally, influence them.
It follows equal opportunities guidance which guarantees that there will be no discrimination against any individual or group, regardless of faith, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, political or financial status, or similar. The Peak Academy is dedicated to preparing students for their adult life beyond the formal examined curriculum and ensuring that it promotes and reinforces British values to all its students.
The Government emphasises that schools are required to ensure that key ‘British Values’ are taught in all UK schools. The government set out its definition of British values in the 2011 Prevent Strategy.
The five British Values are:
- The rule of law
- Individual liberty
- Mutual respect
- Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs
The academy uses strategies within the National curriculum and beyond to secure such outcomes for students. The examples that follow show some of the many ways The Peak Academy seeks to embed British values.
The principle of democracy is consistently being reinforced at The Peak Academy, with democracy processes being used for important decisions within the school community, for instance, elections being held for Head Boy and Girl and Prefects positions, Form and Sport Captains and Student Parliament members. The principle of democracy is also explored in the History and Religious Studies curriculum as well as in form time and assemblies.
The Rule of Law
The importance of laws, whether they be those that govern the class, the school, or the country, are consistently reinforced at The Peak Academy.
Students are taught the rules and expectations of the school which are highlighted by the student code of conduct and student expectations. Students are taught the value and the reasons behind laws that govern and protect us, the responsibilities that this involves and the consequences when laws are broken. Visits from authorities such as the Police and Fire Service reinforce this message.
At The Peak Academy, students are actively encouraged to make independent choices, with the knowledge that they are in a safe, secure and supportive environment. Staff at The Peak Academy educate and provide boundaries for students to make informed choices, through a safe environment and an empowering education.
Students are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and are advised on how to exercise these safely, for example through e-safety.
The Peakhas a robust anti-bullying culture and has in place a comprehensive Behaviour for Learning Policy.
Respect is a strong part of The Peak Academy and is part of its Mission Statement & Values. Students learn that their behaviours has an effect on their own rights and those of others. All members of the school community treat each other with respect and this is reiterated through its teaching and learning environments.
Mutual respect is embraced throughout the curriculum by providing the opportunity for students to express their views in a safe environment.
Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs
This is achieved though equipping students with the ability to understand their place in a culturally diverse society and by giving the opportunities to experience such diversity within the school community. Students benefit from a number of international visitors, including students from other continents and cultures. Additionally, students are actively encouraged to share their faith and beliefs within the school and celebrate festivities throughout the calendar year.
The Peak Academy strives endlessly to ensure that its students leave with the strongest foundation of values upon which to build a successful life and a successful contribution to our society.