The Valley School is an amazing and exciting place to be. I am privileged to be its Headteacher and I firmly believe I have the best job in the world. It is my joy to see real transformation in our pupils as they learn to believe in themselves and become proud of their differences.
My talented and dedicated staff and I work hard to understand the barriers that exist to make learning challenging and we seek to overcome those barriers and to enable our pupils to achieve more than they ever believed possible.
Every day is different and we never take the easy route. We both challenge and support our pupils to make progress and we believe in miracles. We are creative and innovative and we concentrate on solutions. Our pupils learn in small groups with other pupils whose needs are similar. Some of the classes span more than one National Curriculum year group. We focus on literacy and mathematics to support a wider curriculum. All pupils engage in “Learning 4 Life”, which combines the skills for independent living and the personal skills for becoming caring and compassionate members of the wider community. Our pupils learn self-care, basic finance, home skills, cooking and the value of developing strong personal and work relationships. We specialise in The Arts and support our pupils to develop as artists and performers, as well as learning technical theatre skills.
In KS4, pupils have the opportunity to take part in courses leading to GCSEs, BTec, Arts Awards and City & Guilds. Many of our pupils gain Arts Award accreditation and we are the only special school to have become an Arts Award Good Practice Centre in 2014-15. The following links will take you to the Arts Award website and an article about The Valley School.