Mission, Vision & Guiding Principles


To provide outstanding education and support for young people with special educational needs.


British Values

We ensure that the fundamental British Values are introduced, discussed and lived out through the ethos and work of the school. All curriculum areas provide a vehicle for furthering understanding of these concepts and, in particular, our RE, PSHE, SMSC and Citizenship lessons provide excellent opportunities to deepen and develop understanding.

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Inclusivity and Equality

Ascent in an inclusive Trust, the skills and experience of staff are valued and utilised in striving for excellence. No groups are discriminated against. We value each person equally whilst being mindful of the needs of the whole Trust.

Continuous Learning

We value our staff and will invest in them to provide them with the necessary training and support in order that the aims of the Trust can be met.  We embrace and celebrate continuous learning and create a culture where all learning is valued.  All staff are given the opportunity to make the most of their potential through fair and open access to training.  We are committed to the most efficient and effective use of resources to support training needs.  We recognise that staff support pupils with complex needs and we therefore strive to meet their health and well-being.

Continuous Improvement

All staff and governors clearly understand the core values of the Trust and the way it operates. Leaders across the trust act in line with these values, encouraging people to work towards the aims of the organisation. Leaders ensure that the core values are at the heart of the organisation’s strategy and govern the way it operates. Leaders of the academies provide challenge and support for each other in order that improvement is central to our work.

Guiding Principles

Learning and Curriculum

The provision of the highest quality teaching is of paramount importance. Pupils need to experience a wide range of motivating and challenging, well-pitched learning opportunities. Teacher expertise will identify barriers to learning and plan ways to overcome these. There is a belief that all pupils can succeed whatever their individual circumstances.


We will provide an environment in which everyone is encouraged and supported to develop leadership and management competencies. This will enable Ascent to maximise the talent within the trust and plan for succession. We will review the progress made by the Trust against the organisation’s overall investment. We will challenge any under-performance.

Collaboration and Partnership

The Trust is committed to the development of education practice by maximising collaboration across all academies within the trust. We will use wider partnerships, such as parents, multi-disciplinary teams, community links, teaching schools and businesses to enhance provision. The Trust will pursue of opportunities for income generation.