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Our Ethos and Values

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:

  • Ambition - to achieve the best in ourselves and others
  • Confidence - to have the courage of our convictions and to take risks in the right cause
  • Determination - to overcome obstacles and reach success
  • Creativity - to imagine possibilities and make them real
  • Respect - of ourselves and others in all that we do 
  • Enthusiasm - to seek opportunity, find what is good and pursue talents and interests 

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.

Our Mission

At Barnsley Academy 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.

In brief Barnsley Academy exists to:

  • Enable every individual to discover their talents, skills and interests

  • Empower everyone involved so that each can maximise their potential

  • Encourage each individual to know the value of hard work, self-discipline, service and tolerance

  • Establish a Personal Best driven approach to the way we live our lives 

  • At the heart of everything at Barnsley Academy are our core values and these are the foundation on which all else is based.

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