The Academy promotes fundemental British values of belief in
democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect
and tolerance of people of other faiths and beliefs.
As part of their PSHE programme, TVA students work together to
produce presentations of their understanding of the importance of
SID stands for Safety,IdentityandDifferenceand represents what
we believe in at Top Valley Academy; safety - all of us standing up
to ensure each other's safety; identity - who we are when we come
together; and difference - celebrating our diversity.
Each year group focuses on each element of SID and learns how
putting these elements into practise can lead to success and better
understanding. Tutor groups work as a team to produce a
presentation to showcase the work completed and the group's
understanding and interpretation of the three SID elements.
In Year 7 students consider the element of 'safety:' what makes
students safe and how they can contribute to making Top Valley
Academy as safe as possible. Presentations have included a
focus on bullying, road safety and internet safety.
Year 8 students focus on 'identity', looking at both national
and individual identity as well as the identities of their fellow
students. To complement work done in Citizenship and PSHE,
students consider what it means to be British and how we all share
a common identity as members of Top Valley Academy, as well as the
other elements that make up our individuality.
The third element, 'difference', is focused on by Year 9
students who study individual differences within their peers.
Students learn about the protected characteristics under the
Equality Act, how to celebrate diversity and the importance of
Last year, students in Year 9 designed a badge to celebrate
difference, this has been made into a real badge and is to be
presented to all students in the year group.
8A discussed identity by looking at the Academy within the
community, something which has been positively recognised by many
of our local residents:
"The students at Top Valley Academy show respect in the
local community and are a good example of how young people can
behave responsibly and maturely". - Local resident in Tesco,
"I have never experienced any negative behaviour with Top
Valley Academy students. They are always welcome in my shop".
- Local shopkeeper, Rise Park.
Presentations were viewed by Head of Academy, Mr Kelly, and Miss
Vanterpool, Head of Support Services. Students were all rewarded
for their success and hard work in an awards assembly.
Miss Vanterpool praised those involved and said she was pleased
to see how well the groups had understood the key messages:
"It is clear to see that they value each other and
there was a good atmosphere amongst
each group involved."
Here are some examples of the poems and anthems that were
presented by our students:
We are the students of TVA, we come
to school to learn and play!
Teachers encourage us to do our
The academy will help us beat the
Our school is old but uniform
We look the part in grey and
The school improves year on
New students come from far and
ALL students come here to be
This is your chance to ACHIEVE YOUR
Identity Poem by 8T Tutor
I am my own person, independent and free,
I have my own individual
I make up part of my tutor
Known locally as 8T!
We are a happy, fun and loyal
Our uniform is black and grey,
It makes up part of our
At our academy, TVA!