Ethos & Values
A better chance of success
At Yate Academy, we have built our ethos on a strong set of core values which underpin everything that we do. Our aim is to give students at Yate Academy a better chance of success than if they attended any other school in the country.
Ambition, excellence and pride run through all aspects of school life.
We have a strong desire and determination to achieve success. We believe there are no limits to what can be achieved. We do what it takes for as long as it takes. In other words, we go for it every day!
We strive for greatness in everything we set our minds to. We endeavour to do our very best and excel in all aspects of school life.
We are ‘fiercely’ proud of ourselves, our school, our community and our Trust. We hold our heads high and feel a sense of togetherness and joy in our school.
Diversity and equality
As a school, we are determined to be anti-racist and promote diversity and equality. In light of recent events we have put together some materials that we think our students will find useful:
Accounts you can follow
- Nova Reid – @Novareidoffical on Instagram. Nova runs in depth and comprehensive anti racism courses. For anyone in a financial position to do so the knowledge you gain about becoming a better ally to POC is invaluable.
- Munroe Bergdorf – @Munroebergdorf on Instagram.
- Donté Colley – @Dontecolley on Instagram.
- Stephanie Yeboah – @StephanieYeboah on Instagram. Be sure to check out Stephanie’s IGTV ‘I’m tired of the white tears’ . Her blog, her book, and her Patreon here. Steph has also hosted a Tuesday Takeover on Zoella, you can watch it here.
- Chrissy Rutherford – @Chrissyford on Instagram. Chrissy uploaded a very helpful IGTV titles “It’s not enough to just say “I’m not racist”
- Nicole Ocran – @Nicoleocran on Instagram. Nicole’s BLM highlight is really insightful and points out the emotional labour that POC go through when white people continually ask for help/directions/resources.
- Jameela Jamil – @JameelaJamilOfficial on Instagram.
- Florence Given – @Florencegiven on Instagram.
- Rachel Elizabeth Cargle – @Rachel.cargle on Instagram.
- Layla F. Saad – @Laylafsaad on Instagram.Layla is the author of Me and White Supremacy.
- Dom Roberts – @Domrobxtrts on Instagram.
- The Grief Case – @Thegriefcase on Instagram.Specifically, take a look at this post about supporting black communities.
- The Conscious Kid – @theconsciouskid on Instagram.If you are a parent take a look at this post discussing the idea that children may be ‘too young’ to learn about race issues and how racism can be reinforced by the silence of white care givers.
- Mireille C Harper – @Mireillecharper on Instagram. Be sure to read her post on education and advice regarding non-optical-allyship.
- Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez – @AOC on Instagram. A congresswoman for NY has been sharing helpful information for those protesting.
- Janaya Future Khan – @Janayathefuture on Instagram. Janaya has uploaded a live-stream to her IGTV aimed at white people only, to teach and educate, for people wanting to know what else they can do to help.
- Gal-Dem Magazine – @galdemzine on Instagram.
- From Privilege to Progress – @Privtoprog on Instagram.
- Yazzie – @Standforhumanity on Instagram. Yazzie has also hosted a Tuesday Takeover on Zoella – watch it here.
- Black Lives Matter – @Blklivesmatter on Instagram.
Books you can read
- Why I’m No Longer Talking To White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge. Reni is also asking people who buy her book to purchase from small independent sellers or better yet borrow from a friend and spend the money on donating.
- Me and White Supremacy: How to Recognise Your Privilege, Combat Racism and Change the World by Layla F. Saad.
- White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo. Find Robin’s other literature, podcasts, articles and more here.
- So You Want To Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo.
- Girl, Woman, Other by Bernardine Evaristo.
- Race Matters by Cornel West.
- I’m Still Here: Black Dignity in a world made for whiteness by Austin Channing Brown.
Shows, documentaries and Ted Talks you can watch
- When They See Us – Netflix – “Five teens from Harlem become trapped in a nightmare when they’re falsely accused of a brutal attack in Central Park. Based on the true story."
- I Am Not Your Negro – Documentary Amazon – “The memoir recounts the lives of James Baldwin’s close friends and civil rights leaders Malcolm X, Martin Luther King Jr., and Medgar Evers.”
- Dear White People – Netflix
- The Hate U Give -Hulu
- What happens when I try to talk race with white people – YouTube – Insightful short video from Renni Eddo-Lodge (author of Why I’m No Longer Talking To White People About Race) that really succinctly sums up the issues at play when discussing racism with white people. Easy and accessible language amongst maybe some of the more academic content online.
- White People, Enough: A Look at Power and Control | Jaelyn Coates | TEDxCSU
- Let’s get to the root of racial injustice | Megan Ming Francis | TEDxRainier
- Not all Superheros wear capes-how you have the power to change the world | Nova Reid | TEDxFrankfurt
Petitions you can sign
- Colour of Change petition to charge all officers involved with George Floyd's murder
- Change.org petition for justice for George Floyd
- Black Lives Matter, two petitions you can sign to help black communities dealing with coronavirus and demanding racial data.
Articles you can read
- Why You Need to Stop Saying “All Lives Matter” By Rachel Cargle
- 10 Habits of Someone Who Doesn’t Know They’re Anti-Black
- How to be a white ally by Stephanie Yeboah (Patreon)
- 100 Ways White People Can Make Life Less Frustrating For People of Color
Podcasts you can listen to
- Code: Switch NPR – “Hosted by journalists of colour, our podcast tackles the subject of race head-on.” Explores everything from pop culture, to politics, to sport. Race impacts every part of life.
- Momentum: A Race Forward – Features movement voices, stories, and strategies for racial justice.
- Intersectionality Matters! – Intersectionality Matters! is a podcast hosted by Kimberlé Crenshaw, an American civil rights advocate and a leading scholar of critical race theory.
- About Race – Hosted by Reni Eddo-Lodge.
- Nova Reid and Vicki & Selina from loveprojectlove – A powerful conversation about race, racism and white privilege with Nova Reid.