Mutual Respect  

Emmeline Pankhurst was a British political activist an organiser of the British Suffragette movement who helped women win the right to vote. She shaped an idea of women for our time; she shook society into a new pattern from which there was no going back. 

Her work was crucial in achieving respectful women in the United Kingdom. Mutual respect is an important foundation for our Academy. 

We understand that not all people share the same beliefs and values, but we do respect the values, ideas and beliefs of others while it’s not imposing our own on them. It is the foundation for honesty, truth, trust and meaningful communication.  

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Born in England, raised in Northern Ireland and Germany, Mr Lyons grew up European. Attended German schools until leaving home at 15 and moved to Texas in America. There he attended American High School and graduated as Valedictorian. During High School Mr Lyons worked with children in the deprived inner cities. It was during this time that he knew he wanted to help children with tough childhoods.  

Mr Lyons attended LCU (Lubbock Christian University) where he studied as a youth and family minister, working with churches in Washington to provide children with support and guidance. His enthusiasm and love for life showed during the summers, where he attended, assisted and ran summer camps for children who could not afford to go to other places during the summers.  

In 2005, after having moved back to Europe, he attended the University of Manchester to study Theology in order to prepare for a later career in teaching. Unfortunately, with the war in Iraq and Afghanistan raging, Mr Lyons decided to put his teaching on hold and moved back to Germany to work with a company that supplied the British army with food, entertainment and Military base fun.  

Once the war was over and the military pulled out of Germany, Mr Lyons was then able to continue his goal of becoming a teacher. In 2017Mr Lyons graduated from Bishop Grosseteste in Lincoln with his final degree in teaching. It was in the June of that year that he started teaching in the Social Studies department at Haven High Academy.  

In 2019 he was given the honour of becoming the head of Pankhurst house, where the core value is Respect. Respect has been at the core of the life of Mr Lyons since he was a young boy. Every action he attempts, he attempts it with respect; regardless of who you are, or what you have done in life. His experiences have opened his eyes to the world and its many different cultures, and he looks forward to helping you understand, tolerate and even accept others of different background


Boston Guide Dogs for the Blind Association

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The Guide Dogs for the Blind Association (working name Guide Dogs) is a British charitable organisation founded in 1934.  

Guide Dogs helps blind and partially sighted people across the UK through the provision of guide dogs, mobility and other rehabilitation services. They also campaign for the rights of those with visual impairments and invest in eye disease research.  

The guide dog service provides a blind or partially sighted person with a guide dog. These dogs are born in the home of a volunteer brood female dog holder and the dogs are moved to the home of a volunteer puppy walker when they are six weeks old. After 12 to 14 months the dogs will move to a specialist trainer, where they train for around 26 weeks to gain skills. This includes three to five weeks of intensive work with their new owner. Every person and dog is unique, so matching a guide dog to an owner is a complex process and trainers have to take into account all a person’s needs, including their walking speed, height, and lifestyle. Guide Dogs are committed to supporting the partnership and to the guide dog owner for as long as needed. A guide dog user could have up to eight dogs during their lifetime. After between six and seven years’ service, a guide dog is retired and re-homed.  

Guide Dogs are a world leader in the breeding and training of guide dogs and is a co-founder of the International Guide Dog Federation. 

How your money helps; In 2018, it cost around £63,000 to breed, train and support a guide dog from birth to retirement, however, the cost of a guide dog is impacted not just by the cost of breeding and training, but also the cost of all of our support functions for the partnership over an average of seven years, as well as external support such as food and vets’ bills.   

In 2018, the cost of a guide dog was broken down as follows: 

  • Breeding and puppy walking cost – £10,100 
  • Cost to breed, train and partnership – £48,100 
  • Ongoing support – £2,500 
  • A guide dog owner may have as many as eight guide dogs in their lifetime bringing the total cost to around £500,000. 

How we spend your money 

  • £5 can support a working guide dog for a day 
  • £25 can buy a white harness, the iconic symbol of a fully qualified guide dog 
  • £95 can buy a Training School Kit for a guide dog trainer who teach pups the specialist skills they will need to become a qualified guide dog. 
  • £140 can buy a Starter Kit for a new guide dog owner containing everything they need to start a life with their new guide dog.