Welcome from the Principal Mrs Howe

Mrs Howe PictureIn the last 12 months we have had over 350 pupils join us in our Primary Year groups. Our numbers are growing because The Vale Academy is increasingly becoming the school of choice for local families.  We know that the best publicity for a school is word of mouth and what is now being said about us by parents at the school gates, by members of the local community, and by the press is overwhelmingly positive.

The academic standards achieved by our pupils over the past three years are continually improving. Our results in Reception, Year 1 phonics and year 2 were excellent and way above the national average. As someone once said, the road to school improvement is always under construction.  We are working on that road.  All of us here are highly ambitious for our pupils and we are continually striving to produce an outstanding experience for our children.

Schools are never mere locations: they are cultures, and the culture here, has changed.

I think that each of us may judge a school on many different levels but as a parent I judge a school on the extent to which it can make my child happy, make him feel valued, and provide opportunities for him to be the best that he possibly can. Although our numbers are increasing we remain committed to maintain small classes. This means that we really do get to know your children as individuals and are able to provide them with a personalised curriculum to match their individual needs.

Your children will have the opportunity to learn with a lively and dynamic team of staff who collectively make a major contribution to the culture of the academy and to our pupils’ education.  There is a real warmth and friendliness among the staff here that you will experience for yourself when visiting the academy.

Education in its widest sense is about far more than academic subjects and examinations: it is about becoming a person. A great teacher can change a child’s future. The Vale Academy is full of staff like that and is a caring and inclusive school with a strong pupil support system.  .

We want your child to be safe, to be happy, and to be successful and we will work in partnership with you to do our best to ensure that this happens.

Mrs Howe

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