Our School

West Vale Academy has been at the heart of the surrounding community since 1879.

Since March 2018 the school has taken its next developmental step, joining The Great Heights Academy Trust.

We are very proud of our School and its ever-improving learning opportunities.

Outdoor play areas are enhanced with the addition of the Foundation Stage outdoor play area and the football/chess area to the rear of school. Playtime and lunchtime staff are enthusiastic, offering children the chance to skip, play with hoops and balls and join in organised activities.

The Governing Body, Principal, teaching and ancillary staff are enthusiastically committed to maintaining a warm, friendly, caring, family atmosphere; which is evident and appreciated by all visitors to the School.

We believe that children are best nurtured towards reaching their full potential when they are happy and secure in their school environment. We are aware that all parents want the best for their children and our aim is to provide every pupil at West Vale Academy with the best possible start to their education.

West Vale Academy is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expects all staff, parents, carers, volunteers and governors to share this commitment. A copy of the school’s Safeguarding Policy can be found on the website or obtained from the school office.

The Principal, teaching staff and members of the Governing Body are always available, by arrangement, should you wish to discuss the needs of your child.

Principal’s Welcome

I am incredibly proud to be the Principal at this wonderful village school which has been at the heart of the community since opening its doors in 1879 as West Vale School. We are very proud to have maintained our own identity since joining Great Heights Academy Trust in 2018 and becoming West Vale Academy in 2020.

Mrs Gardiner Principal

Since the last school inspection, the school has become part of the Great Heights Trust and has seen many positive developments. Safeguarding is our priority and we can offer your child a safe, welcoming, nurturing environment full of bespoke and enriched learning opportunities. Joining the Trust has allowed the school to modernise in all areas of education by benefitting from support from the entire team and delegations including; the Teaching school, English Hub and peer partnerships. This support has enabled us to be engaged in national initiatives and benefit from up to date research. All this ensures improving the academic outcomes for all children. Since joining the Trust, West Vale has been proud to see improving results of children achieving at and above national expectations, which has become a growing yearly trend.

Children have just one childhood; we believe their primary school experience should be magical and wondrous, filled with inspirational learning experiences. We value highly the positive relationships we have built between children, parents/carers, staff, governors and our neighbouring communities.

At West Vale Academy we are proud to be part of your child’s journey through education and we want this to be the best. We are determined to ensure that pupils and adults in the school reach their full potential. Children will feel safe in an environment where they cannot only succeed academically but have the opportunities to develop confidence and resilience through both the curriculum and extra curriculum activities through a range of art mediums, music, dance and drama.

Here at West Vale Academy we prepare your children for a future full of learning which will enable them to play a full and active part in the world they inherit. At the core of our school is share, care, discover and learn. These support our academic successes and will be key factors in your child’s future life; we look forward to seeing them flourish within our secure, safe and happy environment.

We have a strong passion for developing your child’s individuality and believe that we should celebrate your child’s talents in all areas of the curriculum and beyond. As an inclusive school we ensure that we are constantly adapting to meet the needs of all of our learners and will work to support both your child/children and you as their families.

Please enjoy finding out about us, visits to the school are warmly welcomed.

West Vale Academy’s Mission Statement:

Together in our school family,
we will care, share, discover and learn,
growing into responsible and successful
members of the community.


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