Welcome to Barnsley Academy where we acknowledge that learning is a lifelong journey and that we have a vital part to play in our local community.
Our mission, each and every day, is to provide an entitlement to excellence in the services that we offer for our students, our staff, our parents and our community. Through this we aim to pursue the development of a 'lifelong love of learning' in us all and so bring out the best in everyone.
The best schools are underpinned by an ethos, behaviour and tradition that are understood, respected and valued by everyone across the school community. That is why we place a great emphasis on being a values-led organisation with an ethos established to bring hope and aspiration to the communities we serve in our schools. Our values act as a yardstick for how we behave, interact with each other and deliver our mission.
During the first half of 2012, our staff, students and governors were consulted on refreshing our values; to identify the concepts, attributes and behaviours that exemplify what it genuinely means to bring out the best in everyone.
These values need to be as clear and as applicable to our highest performing schools as they are to those that are on the road to becoming outstanding. Their currency and validity is determined by how we behave as individuals, as schools and as an organisation.
The consensus across the group was that our ethos is best articulated through the following:
- Enthusiasm and each other.
You will see these attributes brought to life in our schools through how we engage with each other and our communities, how we behave and how we inspire ourselves.
At each of our schools you will see our ethos brought to life in different ways that align with its local circumstances. Each school brings it to life in ways that are applicable to its students, its staff and its community. In some schools, our Christian roots as a charity are explicitly acknowledged; in others our moral purpose and diversity comes through the behaviours of staff and students of all faiths and none. But at each school you will find a unity of aspiration and a deep moral and professional commitment to live up to the standards that our ethos and values promote.