Herons’ Moor Academy has received an overwhelmingly positive Values Quality Mark Report, carried out by Values-based Education (VbE), and been awarded the Values-based Education Quality Mark.

The report outlines the academy’s commitment to instilling positive values in the pupils alongside delivering the core curriculum. It particularly highlights the enthusiasm and inspiration of the staff regarding VbE, and how well the pupils have responded to values being introduced.

The report describes staff as “superb role models” and that the pupils show “a high level of respect to all adults and to each other”. Values play a key role in assemblies, and the report also found that feedback from parents, pupils and staff has been “extremely positive” towards VbE.

The academy has also been praised for creating a “welcoming and calm” atmosphere and how everyone has shown pride in the school. It also highlights how staff remain positive and morale is high.

VbE empowers educational settings to underpin their life and curriculum with universal positive human values such as respect, integrity, honesty and compassion. The idea behind introducing values to the academy was to not only produce pupils who achieve academically, but also pupils who are well-rounded individuals with a positive attitude so they can live their lives as active members of their communities.

Julie Fox, Head Teacher at Herons’ Moor Academy, said: “We’re delighted with this report and absolutely thrilled to be awarded the Values-based Education Quality Mark.

“All our staff, pupils, Governors and parents have been working hard to incorporate values-based learning in order to create a more positive environment around the school and we’ve all seen a huge difference since introducing it.

“I’m incredibly proud of all our staff and pupils, and am confident that when our pupils leave us in year six that they will be well-rounded members of the community.”