Unity aims to provide equal opportunities for all young people to achieve and develop into positive young citizens. For some this may require developing existing skills and capabilities and for others it may mean exploring their potential. For both it means a supportive and innovative way of working that helps our young people become productive young adults.
It is our vision to be the leading alternative provider to mainstream education projects, programmes and activities in Staffordshire. We aim to engage, empower and develop young people we work with to better outcomes both personally and through levels of achievement.
To create equality of opportunity for learning for all young people.
To promote a partnership approach to learning and school through school staff, students, family, educational practitioners and wider agency partners.
To develop all students' personal, social and emotional skills together with improved confidence, self-esteem and sense of identity.
To prepare students to become productive and positive young adults with the skills to enter further education or seek employment.
Welcome to Unity Independent School
We started our educational services for young people because of our own personal experiences as children growing up. We understand first-hand how challenging mainstream school can be for some pupils and the behaviours, barriers and emotions that can arise as a result.
Our educational programme is different to mainstream. We understand that everyone is individual and different and in a smaller setting can cater to their needs better. We know that, given the right level of support and style of learning, a child can go on to be successful and achieve despite their previous negative experiences or expectations of themselves.
We never give up on students we work with and personally work with each child, every day, to make sure the service we are delivering is the best it possibly can be.
The ethos of our school is about being different and offering an alternative to mainstream education that identifies with the differences in young people, the challenges they face and their aspirations.
We centre our strategy on empowerment and engagement through creative, cultural and artistic pathways that intertwine with personal social development activity. Our style of delivery suits the young people we work with because it is vocationally led, has many transferable outcomes and sets small, progressive and achievable targets.
We recognize that every young person is different and as such treat them this way, offering support that is individualised and personal and which will generate the best possible outcomes.
Based at the newly refurbished Cartwright House annex to the Mitchell Memorial Theatre, our facilities offer modern learning environments and amenities. Our school is centrally located to maximize accessibility from all parts of the city with the ethos of both the youth theatre and Unity working in synergy to embrace the arts and creativity through learning.
High levels of individual attention are central to achieving our aims, and the school’s excellent staﬀ to pupil ratio is a minimum 1:6. Small class sizes mean that teachers spend less time trying to control students, and spend more time focusing on actually teaching and giving individual attention to each student to support them with their own unique needs.
Through assessment and partnership working across multi-agencies we are able to fully assess the needs of each individual referred to our service. We are then able to explore potential ability and preferences through a variety of creative, cultural and sport based activities, environments and amenities. Unity Independent School is not aﬃliated to any speciﬁc religion and values diversity and equality in its everyday practice.
An important part of growing up and becoming a productive young adult is developing suﬃcient emotional resilience to cope with independence. We work across multi-agencies and amend our own delivery styles to support young people in achieving resilient and positive strategies to deal with issues and problems.
We believe that a broader range of cultural experiences complements the way a young person grows up. Seeing a bigger city, travelling by train, visiting diverse communities and tasting new foods all combine to raise aspirations and ambitions.
Our staﬀ team work hard to set a positive example and challenge negative views and opinions. Our curriculum seeks opportunities to utilise issues and attitudes as a source of exploration and learning in order to better equip young people with knowledge of the outside world.
We use vocational activities - our PHSEE curriculum and basic functional skills development are the basis for progression into leading a productive life economically and socially
The school has established strong links with parents, carers and outside agencies.Ofsted Report October 2012
Unity School provides a good education for its students and it meets its stated aims well. As a result of a good curriculum, together with good teaching and assessment, students make good progress in their learning.Ofsted Report October 2012
Before I came here teachers couldn't get me to write my name.Student
I am proud of the longstanding relationship that Reach has with Unity and particularly impressed by the innovation and investment of a provider that is constantly striving to develop and improve services to enhance the learning experience of young people.Ms L Mately - Head Teacher (Reach PRU - Stoke on Trent)