About AYA College


Statement of Purpose

Our goal is to provide for the social, emotional and educational needs of all our pupils. This ambition links to our core mission statement of enabling every child to achieve more than they think they are capable of achieving – a mission that is at the heart of everything we do as an organisation. At AYA College we have a moral purpose of meeting the academic, behavioural, therapeutic, and vocational needs of all our young people to promote independence and self-worth.

Our unique therapeutic model is based around the “Tree of Life” narrative approach. Everything we do is underpinned by this approach to therapy and our belief in the equality of opportunity for all. Our conviction is that pupils’ starting points in life and their social and economic status should not define their end-points. Therefore, by the end of each student’s time at AYA College, we aim to have transformed their lives and educational prospects, through our wide-ranging bespoke and ambitious curriculum, that does not cease at the boundaries of the classroom or the school. We teach knowledge as well as place emphasis on skills and preparing pupils for the world of higher education and work.

Our Core values:

  • High expectations and aspirations and a profound and well-justified belief that every child and young person can learn and achieve. 
  • Refined skill in finding and applying the most effective approaches to communicating with, relating to and teaching children and young people with special needs and challenges. 
  • Exceptional expertise in assessing progress and recognising the smallest steps as well as large jumps in learning, and in using assessment to guide teaching directly. 
  • Highly effective and indispensable teamwork across our school’s workforce in which varied skills combine and best practice is readily shared. 
  • Strong partnerships with other professionals and providers, not least in reintegration and transition. 
  • The provision of ambitious and exciting opportunities through well-designed and individualised curriculum arrangements. 
  • Respect for individual children, young people and their parents, with the power to bring cheer and self-belief to children, and relief, optimism and support to parents. 
  • Unremittingly committed, inspirational and forward-looking leadership which believes that every professional challenge has a solution. 

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