The OIAM values: Compassion, Honesty, Integrity and Excellence are at the heart of all that we do! These values are in the DNA that runs throughout the charity and informs the behaviours of all staff and volunteers within our schools.

  • Compassion: ensures that we provide stability for our students.
  • Honesty and Integrity: define the parameters for the ‘fresh start’ our students need.
  • Excellence: ensures our students make progress. Our vision and passion is to make a difference through establishing respect, high expectations and support – for both students and staff. Our staff nurture and develop a deep sense of self-worth, pride and ambition in all our students.

As a values centred organisation, we also expect our members, governors, staff and students to model:

  • Respect for individual autonomy.
  • Treat people with fairness and respect.
  • Non-judgmental, anti-discriminatory practice.
  • Championing and promoting social justice and equality.
  • Commitment to self-empowerment – enabling individuals to take control over their own lives and to be the originators and catalysts of their own personal development and progression strategies.
  • Support individuals to discover and fulfil their own potential.
  • Holistic, person-centred practice.
  • Provision of responsive services at the point of need.

Central to our philosophy, is the offer to all the young people within our Provision to put behind them their previous school experience, helping them to understand that they are unique and valued and that the future can look different. Our passion is to help our students dream and then enable them to fulfil their dreams.

We are an approved examination centre, and as such work with a number of Awarding Bodies to provide academic and vocational learning programmes to young people who have previously found it impossible or difficult to succeed in a standard school setting. Our approach is rooted in establishing a sense of worth and well-being in each individual student, focusing upon engagement, motivation, self-esteem and good behavior, which in turn facilitate learning, progression and success.

Many of these young people live in wards in Bradford, which are among the top 1% of the most disadvantaged communities in the country.