Welcome to Unity Academy.

I am proud to be the Principal of this unique and exciting academy that offers highly bespoke education that aims to meet the needs of every child.

The Academy team are deeply aware that following a permanent exclusion can be a very worrying time. We have a dedicated induction team who will support you during these next critical steps, and I am always available if things are not working as you would hope.

Before I outline how we work, it is important to explain what we are not. Unity Academy is not a school in a traditional sense. The specialist team is based in Denewood Academy (which provides onsite education for Key Stages 2 and 3). We do not offer onsite education for Key Stage 4 pupils excluded from mainstream education. Therefore, describing the Academy as a virtual school would be better.

This unique approach is a historic decision by the Local Authority. Our role is to work with you and alternative education providers to create the best curriculum and personal development match based on availability. Once we have established the best fit, you will see below and throughout the website how we work with providers to ensure the quality of your child’s education and overall experience is on par or better than previously.

Simply put, instead of being offered one curriculum option, our approach means your child will have approximately 22 curriculum offers to consider based on availability at the point of their exclusion.

What we are

Unity Academy offers full-time education for permanently excluded young people aged between 14-16 years old from mainstream schools. We educate over 120 pupils by offering bespoke curriculums via approximately 22 alternative education partners. These come in many forms, including free schools, independent schools, and Nottingham City approved alternative provisions. Combined, they offer a wide range of curriculum and personal development opportunities which help us find the right fit for your child. All are subject to an ongoing, rigorous quality assurance process completed by the academy and local authority. We are supported as a sponsored Academy by the Raleigh Education Trust, which acts as the Nottingham City commissioner for all permanently excluded children and young people who reside in Nottingham City.

What we want for our pupils

With the support from our partners, Unity Academy ensures all our settings are safe and nurturing, where safeguarding and the well-being of our pupils is our utmost priority.  The academy team not only wants our young people to achieve academically, but we also place great value on their personal, social, moral, and emotional development. We want our pupils to leave well-rounded, knowledgeable, resilient, and ready for the next part of their academic journey. We are determined in our ambition to create an educational and social experience that meets our learner’s needs whether that be further education, training, or employment. We achieve this within a caring, supportive, and structured environment.

How do we know this is happening

Leaders are committed to ensuring that the curriculum in all the provisions is engaging and stimulating, providing a variety of learning experiences that enhance the lives of our pupils.

We have robust quality assurance processes in place that are established with three main areas of focus: compliance, pupil journey, and onsite curriculum enquiry. It aims to build upon the local authority checks undertaken by Nottingham City. This triangulated approach allows the academy to offer appropriate levels of support and challenge.

How we support partners to drive continuous improvements

We provide regular training and collaboration for the staff in the setting. The support is tailored to the needs of the providers, delivering a bespoke CPD programme throughout the year. The half-termly network meetings are an opportunity to share good practices and discuss common themes of school improvement. Academy staff prioritise and promote the importance of reading and encourage all provisions to create opportunities for the pupils to access a variety of texts. Programmes are in place in the settings to improve reading for our pupils. Further information regarding our reading strategy and quality assurance process can be found in the curriculum section of the website

The driving force for the academy’s success is the shared vision of the leadership team, governors/trust, and key partners who, together, want to improve the life chances of the city’s most vulnerable young people. We recognise that our pupils may have faced difficult previous educational experiences, and we strive to re-engage our pupils, help them develop new skills, and love learning again.

I look forward to working in partnership to achieve the best possible outcomes for your child. We warmly invite you to contact us if you require any further information.

Warm regards,

Ms Elizabeth Browne

Executive Principal

Raleigh Education Trust

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