Vision, Values and Ethos

Discovery Special Academy caters for pupils age 3 – 16 with severe learning difficulties (SLD) and is an academy within the Tees Valley Education Trust.

The Academy is dedicated to delivering outstanding inclusive practice through a culture of co-production, experiential learning and growth where carers and professionals work together to support the holistic development of the child in which all therapies are an integral part of pupils’ education. This is reflected in our academy motto:

Through Discovery We Grow

Discovery Academy is committed to enhancing the lives of all the pupils in its care to enable them to secure the best possible life chances as they move through their educational career and beyond. We ensure pupils are confident, tolerant and resilient by offering a challenging and exciting curriculum through which they can take risks and grow with each and every learning opportunity.

Pupils at Discovery work collaboratively and independently. This allows them to develop high levels of self-esteem, communication and interaction across the day through both learning and therapies. In this way, all pupils are supported to reach their full potential and develop the life skills they need.

Therefore, the principles of the Discovery Special Academy are to achieve excellence and enjoyment for all by building a learning community that ensures all pupils are well supported, can reach their personal potential and are equipped with the necessary life skills they need to become effective citizens of the 21st century.

In addition to this, we believe in building a sustainable future for the children we work with. Therefore, at Discovery we are mindful of the resources we use and of reducing the waste we create.  When we can’t reduce or reuse, recycling is also important.  We look for alternative sources for plastics, using natural and compostable materials wherever possible.

Jennifer Duncan

Executive Headteacher

Proud to be part of

Tees Valley Education