As Headteacher, it is my pleasure to offer you a warm welcome to The Valley School. We are a secondary school that specialises in catering for students with learning needs. Ours is a successful, warm, welcoming, happy school with a huge range of clubs, visits and other enrichment opportunities for our young people. Our staff work very hard and genuinely care about the achievement and wellbeing of every student. This investment extends to the young peoples’ life outside of school, their families and general support network.
We have high expectations of those who join us; we expect students to be safe, respectful and ambitious. In return we offer the highest standards of support, innovative approaches to learning and the very best outcomes for your child.
We are very excited about our new build, which is on track to be completed in October 2023, and all the opportunities that this exciting development has to offer.
If you would like to know more about the school or indeed if you would like to visit us during the day, then please do not hesitate to contact us; we would be delighted to hear from you.

David Pearce – Headteacher

Unswerving vision to improve the lives of all your pupils…

Everyone plays a part in supporting the pupils as they learn to believe in themselves.

To see real transformation in our pupils is at the heart of the school’s approach.

Pupils are very proud of their school. They speak positively about their relationships with members of staff and with others.

Pupils’ conduct around the school is exemplary.

(Parents) … say how delighted they are that their children attend the school.

One parent expressed the views of many…”This school and everyone in it is giving my child a future”…

(Governors) … are knowledgeable, skilled and determined for the school to be the best it can be.

Safeguarding is given a very high priority…

Staff understand pupils’ vulnerabilities very well…they are vigilant to pupils’ needs and their well-being is considered in all aspects of school life.

You have high expectations of yourself, your staff and pupils which has created a positive environment in which to learn.

The school’s approach to transition is proactive and thorough…

The bespoke transition programme … helps pupils and their families to get to know their new school very well.

Staff make every effort to ensure that pupils will be successful when they start their new college and any anxieties are kept to a minimum.

Over time, staff are very successful at raising pupils’ attendance and in re-engaging them in learning.

The “different for different” ethos permeates the school…