About Us

At Barbara Priestman Academy our mission is:

We provide all children and young people who have autism and complex learning needs, all of the opportunities necessary so that they develop into wonderful adults who lead fulfilled, happy and purposeful lives.


At Barbara Priestman Academy our vision is:

Our students will have good social relationships, stay healthy and will be supported to become as independent as possible.  We are committed to ensuring that clear and realistic outcomes are achieved so that our students have the best possible opportunities to prepare them for adulthood.

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 them.
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.

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.

Investment and Opportunity
We will invest in our staff 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.

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.