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Aim is for students ‘to be better off in the long run, not just on exam day’. So alongside the focus on reaching potential in GCSEs and A levels (and many families report a hike in grades ‘beyond our wildest expectations’), the school also encourages the kind of critical thought, independent learning, global perspective and a general all-roundedness that employers value. We dropped in on a classics class that kicked off with an intro quiz to test them on their self-study. With most cameras and mics on, there’s room for lively debate – but even those with exemptions (for anxiety etc) can get stuck in via…


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What the school says...

The Academy is an affordable, accessible online independent school for 12-18 year old's that delivers world-class education with a true sense of community.
It is the perfect school for modern times - combining smart technology and engaging online resources with one-to-one support, active group learning and exciting multi-disciplinary projects.
We offer pupils the flexibility to learn from the comfort of their home, anywhere in the world, while ensuring they develop the social skills required to live fulfilling lives and succeed in the workplaces of the future.
The skills we champion are self-sufficiency, collaboration, problem-solving, creative and critical thinking, leadership, and mindfulness.
The Academy was founded in October 2020 by Minerva Tutors, the UK's leading home-schooling and private tuition agency.
The Academy is the culmination of Minerva's desire to help as many children as possible benefit from the advantages a private education can offer. The school offers a bespoke and enriching education for each child, aims to make it as affordable as possible, and is passionate about making its curriculum as relevant as possible for the modern world. From September 2023, we will also offer Years 7, 8, and 13.
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What The Good Schools Guide says


Since 2020, Lawrence Tubb MA Oxon (music). Educated at Charterhouse, then Worcester College, Oxford. Cut teeth at Leweston School, Sherborne, first as music and history teacher, then director of music. Most recently, director of music at Wycombe Abbey.

Yes, that’s right, one minute he was head of music at a grande dame school, the next he was leading the coolest and arguably most progressive online school in the UK. What’s more, parents say he ‘hit the ground running’ and ‘it’s impossible to imagine anyone better for the role’. So what’s his secret? He reckons the jobs aren’t as different as you might imagine – he was, after all, leading a team of 45 full-time teachers, working across multiple departments and covering admissions and strategy. Plus, he’d hit a crossroads in...

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Special Education Needs

Minerva’s Virtual Academy is committed to providing the best possible care and education to its pupils and to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people. We welcome those who have special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) and are fully committed to recognizing, comprehending and fulfilling these needs during their time with us. We work closely with parents and pupils to identify where care is needed and we tailor our provision accordingly. We have a number of teaching staff, including our mentors, who have specialist SEND experience. “Canvas”, our e-learning platform, has an accessible interface and is designed so that pupils of all capabilities can access the GCSE curriculum and learn at their own pace, in surroundings that are comfortable to them. Many of our pupils feel it offers them a safe space with the added benefit of learning from the comfort and safety of their own home. Our class sizes are small thus ensuring personalised attention, and our mentors and all our teachers are made aware from the start of any special requirements for each pupil.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder Y
Aspergers Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
Dyscalculia Y
Dysgraphia Y
Dyslexia Y
Dyspraxia Y
English as an additional language (EAL) Y
Genetic Y
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory
Has SEN unit or class Y
HI - Hearing Impairment Y
Hospital School
Mental health Y
MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty Y
MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment
Natspec Specialist Colleges
OTH - Other Difficulty/Disability
Other SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty Y
PD - Physical Disability Y
PMLD - Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulty
SEMH - Social, Emotional and Mental Health Y
SLCN - Speech, Language and Communication Y
SLD - Severe Learning Difficulty
Special facilities for Visually Impaired
SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty Y
VI - Visual Impairment Y

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