Our Vision

Our vision is to provide outstanding alternative education for Key Stage 3 and 4 pupils.

The defining features of the Free School’s vision include:

  • providing a consistent and caring learning environment in which pupils can develop their full academic, personal social potential;
  • providing a safe and positive environment in which pupils can address issues relating to their current behaviours and attitudes;
  • offering access to a relevant and personalised curriculum (including core subjects and in agreement with referring schools, foundation subjects and GCSE study material) which is differentiated through personalised pathways to meet each pupils’ needs;
  • extending access to a wide range of external accreditation awards, apprenticeships and work experience;
  • promoting self-management of behaviour via a support system;
  • promote self-worth, self-esteem and respect for each individual and for each other;
  • providing a range of integration and inclusion opportunities to ensure that pupils are placed on an educational programme best suited to their individual needs;
  • working in active partnership with parents, carers and other relevant agencies.

In summary: our vision is to provide our pupils with the confidence, academic and vocational qualifications, and ambition to take the next steps towards a successful and productive life and to be able to contribute positively within their local community and wider society.

Our Ethos

Our personalised curriculum and alternative pedagogical approach reflect the value that we place on the individual.  The ethos of the school will be focused firmly on respect and valuing each other, in order to establish good relationships, positive behaviour and attitudes.  Care and concern, encouragement and the belief that everyone can achieve will be central to the manner in which staff work with pupils to overcome their difficulties and realise their potential.    We recognise kindness and fairness as essential qualities for everybody.  This ethos is imperative to our success and building positive relationships with disaffected young people will be our main priority.  Once a pupil feels valued and is surrounded by genuine concern and trust they will respond differently.   We hope that such interactions will develop compassion within our pupils and help them to further understand the importance of making a positive contribution to their community and society as a whole.

 Acorn Principles

  • Every young person, whatever his or her personal circumstances can learn and achieve.
  • Every young person, whatever his or her self-perception and previous experiences, has academic and creative potential to become a useful member of the wider community
  • Unharnessing a young person’s potential positively affects his or her overall level of academic achievement.
  • Alternative Education Provision involves a balance between teaching knowledge and skills, and encouraging innovation and personal growth.
  • The key to learning lies within the quality of the relationships between pupils, staff and the intermediate agencies with whom we work.
  • Parents and carers will be given support to be active partners in their children’s learning.
  • Young people learn best when they are confident and can manage their own behaviour while being encouraged to pursue their own interests.
  • The best teachers will be instrumental is helping pupils reach their full potential.
  • The success of our school is based on high expectations, mutual trust, caring for each other and taking responsibility.
  • Every young person is capable of contributing positively in his or her local community.

British Values

 At Acorn we uphold traditional British values and seek to ensure through assemblies and across the curriculum that our provision enables students to:
  • develop their self-esteem and self-confidence
  • distinguish right from wrong and to respect the rule of law
  • accept responsibility for their behaviour, show initiative and understand how they can contribute positively to the lives of those in their community
  • acquire a broad general knowledge of and respect for public institutions and services
  • show tolerance of different cultures, traditions and faiths
  • show respect for other people
  • show respect for democracy and support for participation in the democratic processes