Shirebrook Academy Mission Statement

 “A community of inspiration, excellence and opportunities for all to grow”

 Shirebrook Academy will:

  • support all students to achieve the highest possible levels of attainment;
  • provide young people with the skills needed to progress into employment, on to further education or further training according to their individual abilities, aptitudes and ambitions;
  • be sensitive to the needs of each individual, giving emotional, social, academic support and targeted guidance to all;
  • encourage young people to appreciate human achievement, the importance of each individual and the value of living in a society which draws from many different cultures;
  • be a centre of excellence for pedagogy and will develop innovative approaches to teaching and learning;
  • work in partnership with HEIs, secondary and primary schools to recruit, train, educate and support into employment the highest quality trainee teachers, ensuring a sufficient supply in the Sheffield City Region and the East Midlands of highly effective, reflective and professional newly qualified teachers across all sectors and subject areas;
  • develop and share good practice, both locally and nationally;
  • be an active partner in a learning society with the local family of schools and the community it serves;
  • increase take-up of post-16 and higher education;
  • create an important and useful facility for both the community and for industry.

Shirebrook Academy Vision

 According to an African proverb, ‘it takes a whole village to raise a child’. Similarly, it takes a whole school to educate a child with everyone in the school community playing a vital role.  Educating a child is a collective endeavour, we stand and fall as a team, we celebrate each other’s success and we take collective responsibility and support each other when we fail.  So, it doesn’t matter what your specific role is at Shirebrook Academy, your chief responsibility is to make sure that every student has the best possible experience of school and is able to be the best that they can be.  That means placing equal value on the different aspects of a good education.  Good qualifications are obviously vital for a young person’s future, they are the keys that open doors to further and higher education and employment.But we strongly believe that education is about much more than passing exams.  It is about developing skills that you will need at work – communication, team work, problem solving, organisation, self-discipline, leadership. It is developing a love of learning that will last a life time and approaching learning with a growth mind-set that makes you see mistakes and failure as a natural part of learning.  And the values and character traits that will make you a fully rounded adult who makes a positive contribution to your community – kindness, compassion, courage, honesty, integrity.It is about learning how to live a healthy and happy life.  It is also about experiences, broadening minds, developing interests in the world around you – that might be sport, music, art, theatre, foreign travel, charity work  – doing things you have never experienced before and might not get the chance to experience if we didn’t offer it through school.  To fulfil this educational vision we need every member of Team Shirebrook pulling in the same direction, certain of our goals and confident in our ability to achieve those goals. We are all leaders, we are all learners and we are all valued members of the community.  I hope you find this handbook a useful guide to ‘how we do things around here’ and that you enjoy making your contribution to this wonderful “community of inspiration, excellence and opportunities for all to grow”

Mark Cottingham