Vision, values and ethos

Abbey Hill Academy is a magical place where young people aged 11 to 19 who have learning difficulties and disabilities learn, grow, inspire and achieve.

We believe that every student must be nurtured, valued and empowered to have the highest aspirations for their future and to reach their full potential.

We are committed to fulfilling the Trust’s motto “To do more and to do it better” and for that reason we strive to have high expectations for all.

It is our aim that all students are involved in an inspiring, personalised curriculum that enables them to flourish academically and socially.

We want all our students to feel safe and secure during their time with us and for that reason we have a very robust, caring pastoral system. 

Our Vision

“Providing Infinite Opportunities – Ensuring the best education for our children and young people”

Our Aim

“To do more and to do it better”

Our Values

Opportunities for all

Inclusion: We provide a caring environment where we champion all children and young people, as well as the staff that support them. 

Equality: We are firm in our belief that a child’s future should be defined by their talents and aspirations, not limited by the challenges they may face.

Opportunities to care

Dignity and respect: We create an environment where people are accepted, respected, engaged and supported. We are committed to supporting others to ensure the best education and life chances. 

Safety and Wellbeing: We are dedicated to our young people and staff; their physical and emotional well-being as well as their education. We understand that when people feel safe in their environment, their chance of success is greatly increased. 

Opportunities together

Working in partnership: We work in collaboration and partnership with staff, stakeholders and the wider professional and local community. We are proactive and flexible, sharing best practice with others.

Supportive: We work together, as a family of schools, to achieve the best for our children and young people. 

Opportunities for life

Aspirational: We have high aspirations for ourselves and others. We have a shared vision of improving the life chances of our children and young people and their families. 

Personalisation: We recognise people as individuals and have developed a personalised approach to all aspects of school life so that our children and young people are fully prepared for adult life. We are committed to the training and development of our staff to ensure they are highly skilled. 

The curriculum framework has been developed through in-depth evidence based research and collaborative work between other specialist education providers as well as the Trust’s teachers, teaching assistants, families and students.

The academy improvement plan summary is outlined <here>

Abbey Hill Academy
Ketton Road
Stockton on Tees
TS19 8BU

Tel: 01642 677113

Horizons Specialist Academy Trust is a company limited by guarantee (Company No 08608287) and exempt charity registered in England and Wales.

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