Vision, values and ethos

Learn more about our vision to create a vibrant learning community.


Our vision at SMS is to create a vibrant learning community and be an exemplar school of best practice for young people with social, emotional and mental health needs by enabling our students to access exciting, hands on curriculum that is built around their own personal interests and aspirations.

We aim to achieve this vision by creating an environment where:

  • Students and staff are happy to come to school every day and are proud of what they achieve


At SMS we love to TRAIN

Therapeutic working

We use a range of therapeutic approaches in school to ensure that all our students have their best chance to access education in a way that works for them.


We know that our pupils will face challenges in their life, but we’re confident that, with the right support, they can make better choices, and deal with their emotions in a safe and positive manner.


We know our students can be successful in whatever they put their mind to. We support students to develop positive and achievable aspirations, and encourage them every step of the way so that they build themselves a future they can be proud of.


We want our students to feel included, in our school community, our local community and in society as a whole.


Our staff go the extra mile to build positive relationships with students and create a nurturing environment that focuses on participation rather than outcome.


At SMS we are community orientated and student centred. With our strong sports background we believe in working together as a team to achieve our goals. 

At SMS Changing Lives Schools we

  • Educate
  • Motivate
  • Inspire