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A welcome message from our headteacher

At Avon Valley Academy, our vision is to prepare our young people for their world in their time, so that they can embark on their journey beyond school with the necessary knowledge, skills and confidence to succeed in their chosen pathway.

As a school, we are very proud of our three core values, which are woven through everything that we do:

Respect: being kind and caring for ourselves and others

Determination: working hard and never giving up

Excellence: ensuring everything we do is our best work

As a small secondary school, we cultivate a ‘family feel’ and sense of belonging among our students, and believe that nurture is essential for academic, personal and social success. We are an inclusive community, which welcomes and celebrates students of all backgrounds and starting points, and which promotes diversity and fairness.

As well as cherishing and supporting our students, we believe in challenging them to achieve excellence in everything that they do. We have the highest expectations of behaviour, and pledge that every classroom in our school will be a disruption-free learning environment. Similarly, we have aspirational academic goals for every student, and do not believe in placing a ceiling on what any young person can achieve.

At Avon Valley, we recognise the importance of building young people’s character as well as their academic success. We run a wide range of extra-curricular activities and clubs, and aim to enhance and deepen our students’ learning experiences with educational and cultural visits. Our excellent Careers advice and strong links with employers and other educational providers mean that we are able to prepare our students fully for their next steps beyond Avon Valley. We offer Sixth Form opportunities within the Trust, and plan to reinstate our post-16 provision on site as soon as possible.

Importantly, we are a proud member of the wider Acorn Education Trust family. Acorn is a morally driven local Trust that understands its local Wiltshire context and works hard to prepare its young people for a successful future in a rapidly changing world. At Avon Valley, we collaborate with other Acorn leaders and schools to ensure that your child is able to benefit fully from being part of this successful, innovative and ethical organisation.

Although we run fantastic Open Events, we also believe in having an open-door policy all year round; if you would like to see our vision and values in action, therefore, please do make an appointment to tour the school.

I look forward to welcoming you to the special place that is Avon Valley Academy.

Miss Louise Hamilton | Headteacher 

Ethos and Values

Respect | Determination | Excellence


Avon Valley Academy is a thriving co-educational 11-16 comprehensive academy within the Acorn Education Trust. We pride ourselves on being a centre of excellence and a place where young, enthusiastic children enter in Year 7 and leave us at the end of Year 11 as fully rounded young adults.

We aim for every lesson, every day to be exceptional. Our school community are proud and we work to ensure that our values (respect, determination and excellence) feel real and are apparent in the strong relationships between pupils, parents and staff.

Avon Valley Academy is full of exceptional staff and students, who work together as a team on the three key areas of school life: engagement for all; challenge for all; progress for all.

We believe in fostering strong relationships with our students and creating in them a sense of belonging to the school. We want students to have high self-worth and love coming to school.

As a school, we take pride in how well we know our students as individuals and aim to challenge them as such. Each student is unique in their own way and each has different needs. We aim to know all of our students extremely well and go the extra mile to meet their needs.

Through this mix of care and challenge, we have a vibrant and successful school. We are ambitious for our students and for our school. We want Avon Valley Academy to continue to be a prosperous place of learning, to serve the local community and beyond, and maintain its reputation as a school that we can all be proud of.

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About Acorn Education Trust

"Preparing young people for their world in their time"


The Acorn Education Trust was formed in August 2014 to create a local solution to a national strategy. Through close collaboration and a shared vision we believe each school will achieve great things while retaining their individual identity. Underpinning this close collaboration is a strong belief in our core purpose.

School improvement is the key to school effectiveness and is at the heart of the process of raising standards. It allows us to deliver an education for all children/students that is of the highest quality. The Acorn Education Trust is driven by its core purpose of improving outcomes and life chances for students and believes that an effective School Improvement Strategy is the key to unlocking the potential in its leaders, staff and children/students. An effective Multi-Academy Trust (MAT) uses the School Improvement Strategy to help ensure accountability, drive strategic thinking and deploy resources in order to improve outcomes for its children/students. Our leadership and management of each school is based on three principles:

Every school is an improving school

Leadership at every level is critical

The unique identity of each school must be preserved

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