Valley Academy

Welcome to Valley Academy

We believe that God has placed unique gifts and skills in every single person. Valley Academy exists to help you discover your ministry and what God has called you to do.

We invite you to join our training programme, running each September - July, designed to train and equip potential leaders to launch new church campuses and extension services.

Whether you see yourself as part of a church planting team, or you’re just interested in your own personal development as a leader, Valley Academy is the perfect starting point.

Applications are now open for September 2021. Read through the prospectus below, and then hit “Apply Now” to get the process started!

View the prospectus (PDF) Apply now (PDF)

Content and Structure

Valley Academy is run as a part-time course with classes and practical experience ranging from Church Leadership, Communication, Ministry Development, Biblical Studies and more. There will be training from Valley Church pastors and leaders as well as experienced church leaders from around the UK and abroad. Every student will be in a tutorial group for the purpose of pastoral care and mentoring.

Valley Academy runs from September to July (see prospectus for specific dates). You are encouraged to seek or continue part-time work around the academic course. We recommend that working hours do not exceed 20 hours each week, so that you can keep up with the demands of the course. The course will include both day-time and occasional evening sessions as well as practical church involvement.


Check out our prospectus or email [email protected] if you have any questions or would like to arrange to meet an Academy staff member. Also see our FAQ section below.

How to Apply

Fill in the online application form


How much does it cost?
It costs £1000 for the year. A 10% deposit is due at your interview and the balance is payable in various ways which we will discuss with you at the interview.

I don’t see myself as a leader, can I still apply?
Yes! We believe leadership is more about serving God and serving others than holding a title. If you’re willing to do that then you have influence that makes you a leader!

What qualifications do I need?
You need to be at least 18 years of age and either have completed two years post high school studies or two years of experience in the workplace. If you have completed our Year-In programme first, aged 16 or 17, we will also consider you for Valley Academy.

Is there accommodation available?
You will be responsible for arranging your own accommodation. However, there may be families in the church willing to rent out a room. Get in touch if you wish to discuss the possibility of this.

Where is the Academy held?
The Academy is based at Valley Church South Preston, with various activities that will take place offsite.

What will I need for the course?
It is essential for every student to have a Bible, a notepad and a laptop/tablet with keyboard. A car would be very helpful although public transport links are good.

Is financial support available?
We cannot offer financial support but would encourage you to raise money and seek part-time work to finance your year at the Academy.

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