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Vision and Ethos

Ashwood is a place that offers an alternative way of learning to suit students’ individual needs. 

Our students will feel confident in themselves and learn both in and out of the classroom.

We put wellbeing first and students will be proud of who they are.


Our school mantra is aiming to achieve. We believe in respecting ourselves and others, working together and encourage all to do their best.


All children and young people have the capacity to learn regardless of their life situation. It is our role to unlock that learning potential. We apply our methodology to open the door to learning and to re-engage students into learning to prepare them with confidence and sustainability in the their next most appropriate destination.

Catch22 Education Vision and Ethos


For over 200 years Catch22 has designed and delivered services that build resilience and aspiration in people and communities. Our approach is based on the 3Ps. We believe young people can thrive when they have: 


Catch22 3Ps graphic: People, Purpose, Place


Our Education Mission is: 


To enable young people to progress and succeed in sustained education, training or employment. 


We do this through engaging young people positively with their purpose through learning and future life aspirations. All our learners achieve positive outcomes, thrive and enjoy a quality education that is delivered by skilled, passionate people with high expectations in a place that is safe, high quality and appropriate. 


PEOPLE: Students are entitled to access passionate, skilled, trustworthy adults inspiring high expectations and aspiration in their learners. 

PURPOSE: Our education provision is tailored to meet the complex and diverse needs of our young people, removing barriers to learning and helping them to achieve their best outcomes as they progress through education and transition into adult life. 
PLACE: Students are entitled to a safe and positive environment in which to learn, appropriate to the needs of the Academy and local community. 

Equality Objectives


In all Catch22 Academies, we welcome our duties under the Equality Act 2010 and aim to promote a positive and welcoming culture where discrimination is not tolerated. We believe that every individual has the right to be valued, respected and offered equal opportunities, access and treatment. This is regardless of race, colour, ethnic origin, nationality, sex, religion, gender, marital status, age, disability or sexuality. We try to promote equality and challenge discrimination and stereotyping to make our Academies truly inclusive and promote high achievement for all. 


Under the Act, The Ashwood Academy is expected to comply with the Public Sector Equality Duty (PSED). This requires us to: 

  • eliminate unlawful discrimination, harassment and victimization, 

  • advance equality of opportunity between different groups, and 

  • foster good relations between different groups. 


The Ashwood Academy’s Equality Objectives are:

  • to heighten awareness of the importance of equality of opportunity for all staff and students,

  • to examine, monitor, review and, where appropriate, modify the  Academy’s practice and provision in order to promote equality of opportunity,

  • to encourage a positive attitude and commitment to the principles and practice of equal opportunities, and

  • to encourage all students in the development of their sense of personal worth and self-esteem.


Read our Equality and Diversity policy, which outlines how our school aims to eliminate discrimination and improve equality of opportunity for people with protected characteristics.