Mission, values & drivers

Like all Dixons Academies, our mission is to establish and sustain a high-performing, non-faith school which values diversity and maximises scholar achievement.

We are a hard working and a truly value driven academy with a culture of high expectations and no excuses. Everything we do is underpinned by our core values of excellence, positivity and respect, which has created an ethos of mutual respect in our place of learning and work.


All of our community subscribes to our values whole-heartedly. We know that having a common set of values unites and brings people together to work towards a common goal.

Our values are important because they demonstrate our commitment to excellence, positivity and respect in our daily actions and interactions. We try to use these words as much as possible in conversations at McMillan.

Excellence: Striving for 100% in everything we do, demonstrated through hard work, grit and determination.

Positivity: Approaching each day with a can-do attitude, tackling every challenge as an opportunity and fully contributing to a joyful school culture for all.

Respect: Ensuring all members of the community feel valued through treating everyone around us with kindness, fairness and honesty.

At McMillan Academy we try to keep things simple and focused on scholar learning. We have learnt from some of the best practices to develop strategies that remove barriers to learning and ensure all our scholars are fully engaged at all times.

Drivers: Every day we are developing our three drivers which are needed to build intrinsic motivation.

Mastery: This means improving at things that matter – this fits with our mountain analogy: scholars climb their mountain to university or a real alternative

Autonomy: Self-directing our own lives so that we feel in control of and ownership over our learning

Purpose: Serving a cause greater than ourselves; at McMillan we talk about our civic responsibilities

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