Principles, Vision & Values

Inclusion  •  Progression  •  Excellence

Consett Academy opened in January 2012 on the sites of the two former schools, Consett Community Sports College and Moorside Community Technology College. During academic year 2014 - 15 the Academy moved into a new multi-million pound purpose built campus in the heart of Consett. The Academy Lead Sponsor is New College Durham and we are co-sponsored by Durham County Council.

As an Academy our key priority is drive up standards and transform the lives and aspirations of our students. We aim to be the first choice place of learning for students of all abilities living in Consett and the surrounding area. We are a self – evaluating Academy focused on continuous improvement in all areas.

The Academy will develop the experience gained by the two predecessor schools in the specialisms of Sport and Technology, both of which play an important part in our young people’s lives.

Our three core principles are: Inclusion, Progression and Excellence.

The principle of Inclusion will provide for all students of all abilities, aspirations and backgrounds and involving staff, governors, students and the wider community in determining the future of our Academy. The curriculum will be broad and challenging, with academic success of students at the heart of what we do.

To encourage Progression, the Academy will provide effective advice and guidance. This will enable learners to make informed and appropriate decisions for future study and employment, encouraging them to take on new challenges and reach higher levels of achievement.

The focus on Excellence underpins all that we do whether in learning areas, working in the community or governing and leading the Academy.

Our Vision is to be:

‘An inspirational learning hub that allows all students and colleagues to achieve all that they can; has an ethos that ignites a passion for learning, discovery and creativity and nurtures a moral code and self worth that stays with our young people all their lives’

The Values we all share are:


we hold high expectations of ourselves and of all our students; we want all our students to achieve success, to have their achievement praised and celebrated.  


we encourage all students to share in their own learning, and in the range of educational activities that the school and its community can provide.


respect for ourselves, and respect, consideration and tolerance for the needs and views of others.


both with ourselves and with others.


the ability to work with others, to recognise the contribution that other people make to our learning and our development, and to support and lead other people in their learning and their development.


the ability to take responsibility for our own actions and to grow as individuals.


both of opportunity and esteem.


to help us to approach our work with enthusiasm and find enjoyment in our learning.