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.
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.
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 Insgagram.
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.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez – @AOC on Instagram 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.
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.
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.”
What happens when I try to talk race with white people – YouTube – Insightful short video ft 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.
Petitions you can sign
Articles you can read
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