The Village Academy

The Village Academy is a group of town, city and village schools that have joined together to provide the very best education for the children in our care and where we believe that education is very much a matter of the individual.

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Mind to be Kind

 The aim of this project is to develop a culture where kindness, without an expectation of reward, becomes a way of life for staff as well as children. Rather than focusing on performing acts of kindness for a reward, we are aiming to shift the focus to how it feels when we are kind. By doing so, it is hoped that giving and receiving kindness becomes the norm and the school will be a happier, calmer and more productive place for everyone.

‘A Mind to be Kind’ will be delivered to all pupils as a series of short ‘Stop and Think’ sessions where kindness is explored through three main themes:

  •  Acts of Kindness
  •  Living without Harming Others
  •  Respect

Each session will end with a ‘Try This’ task which is a simple activity for staff and pupils to do before the next session.  


Research shows that kindness can benefit us in many ways. For example:

  • Kindness makes us happier by releasing chemicals in the body.
  • Kindness improves self-esteem and relationships.
  • Kindness improves concentration.

By committing to ‘A Mind to be Kind’, we are hoping that all these benefits will be evident in both staff and pupils, and our school will become an even better place to be. Hopefully, you will notice these positive effects on your child at home and at school.

An overview of  the unit is available here:

Mind to be Kind Overview