Our vision and values

At Richard Barnes Academy, we have a clear purpose.

We provide more than just an education for our young people, we create an innovative, personalised alternative learning environment where everyone acquires the belief, opportunities and skills to succeed.

This vision is reflected in our values:

  • Respect 
  • Belief
  • Achievement 

Our values are at the core of all the work we do at the Richard Barnes Academy. 

We asked our staff and learners what Respect, Belief, and Achievement mean to them. Here are some of their responses:


An environment where everyone is treated equally, and has their values and views heard and acknowledged.

Paying attention, and responding with truthfulness and authenticity. 

Accepting differences, and always supporting each other.



High expectations.

Understanding that change and progress are always possible.

Working towards a common goal of success with a positive attitude.



Celebrating all achievements. 

Every learner has the same opportunity to succeed - whether that success is a return to mainstream or achieving their full potential in examinations at the Richard Barnes Academy.

A curriculum that inspires.