Thank you for considering Avon Valley College (AVC) as the secondary school for your child. AVC is a founder member of Salisbury Plain Academies. I hope this website gives you a flavour of our school, our community, and our unwavering commitment to our students.

I am very proud to introduce myself to you as the new Principal of Avon Valley College. Born in Salisbury in the 70s, I feel a sense of homecoming as I take on this prestigious role at such a pivotal moment in the school’s journey as part of the Salisbury Plain Academies Trust. I am fully aware of the enormous responsibility this places on my shoulders, which is why I feel it is important to state my commitment to you that I will do everything possible to ensure the best outcomes for your child. 

This simple mission is driven by my belief that all children can and will succeed, as long as we as stakeholders live by our values. These core values of integrity, fairness, equity, and mutual respect will underpin our strategies to drive AVC toward a bright and exciting future. I believe that by engaging students and encouraging enjoyment in learning, we inspire them to achieve far beyond preconceived limits.  

The core of AVC’s ethos - for staff and students - will be:

  • Ambition
  • Application
  • No excuses

At AVC, staff and students will make the most of every opportunity to discover and explore new ideas that together form a better understanding of the fast paced world of the 21st century. By giving students a firm grounding in analytical and transferable thinking skills, we will strengthen our students in solving problems no matter the context. This strength, and the character it builds, prepares them well for the academic and personal challenges of school and life beyond it. We realise that to achieve the highest goals for our students, inspirational teaching must be at the heart of everything we do.

We understand the importance of making the curriculum relevant to students’ lives beyond the classroom. Students make meaning of their learning when the gap between the two is bridged so that it is much more profound and enduring. We will build resilience through carefully structured progression of skills and concepts so students’ learn to relish challenge and face obstacles fearlessly.

As a father of two, I know that the key to success is for children and young adults to feel safe and cared for, to have self confidence, and to feel a sense of belonging. From this platform, we teach students strategies to manage their own learning and set themselves achievable yet ambitious goals. The overarching goal at AVC is to help our students to become fully contributing citizens and to be happy members of our community.

Sam Johnston, Principal