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Welcome to Esteem Valley Academy

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We are an alternative provision academy based in the Amber Valley & Erewash region of Derbyshire, dedicated to providing a nurturing and inclusive learning environment where our students thrive academically, socially, and emotionally. At sites based in Ilkeston, Sawley & Kirk Hallam, our provision caters for students in Primary through to Key Stage 4 who are at risk of permanent exclusion or who have already been permanently excluded from mainstream education.

For many, a placement at an AP Academy may seem like the end of their academic journey, but we are not your typical PRU or Support Centre and see it as merely as a change in direction. Understanding that success looks different to all we have developed ‘A Culture of Success’ where we celebrate effort, perseverance, and a growth mindset. We encourage our students to embrace challenge and learn from their mistakes, supporting them to discover their individual passions and unique strengths.

At the heart of everything we do are relationships, and we believe in developing a positive and supportive community where each individual feels valued and respected. We go beyond academics, focusing on building confidence, resilience, and essential life skills, preparing our students for a successful transition within education or into employment, where they can make a positive and meaningful contribution to society.

Welcome to Esteem Valley Academy!

Kevin Wildrianne


‘A Culture of Success’