About Us

Acorn Academy Cornwall is an Alternative Provision (AP) Multi Academy Trust (MAT) that comprises of 6 regional AP Academies and The Community and Hospital Education Service (CHES) a medical AP Academy.

We provide support to enable pupils to reintegrate into mainstream or special schools; or in the last four terms of KS4, integration into the world of work or further education.

Our Sponsors are Acorn Care and Education Ltd, 1 Merchants Place, River Street, Bolton, Lancashire, BL12 1BX.

 We aim to;

  • Provide a balanced and broad curriculum that promotes the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of pupils and prepares them for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of adult life.
  • Give access to the National Curriculum; provide opportunities for external accreditation, and, for those pupils with specific learning difficulties, effective and personalised programmes.
  • Enable pupils to improve their behaviour to a socially accepted level and offer effective and appropriate support for their emotional difficulties.
  • Respect all pupils and encourage them to become active participants in their own learning, develop confidence, independence, self-esteem and express their needs and desires.
  • Seek effective links with pupils’ families, schools and other professional agencies.
  • Seek effective outcomes with regard to placement.

AP Academies

The AP Academies (APA) provide education for mainstream pupils who have been permanently excluded or are at risk of permanent exclusion or on an intervention basis.

APAs are a mainstream provision for pupils designated as disengaged. They are most effective when they are used as an early intervention strategy to re-engage pupils with their learning. They are inspected as a mainstream provision and as such have to meet Ofsted criteria with regard to attendance, behaviour, attainment and pupil progress.

Pupils access the APA either through permanent exclusion or as a result of being referred to the pupil placement panel or medical pupil referral panel. This panel, made up of local schools, acts as the placement panel for pupils into and out of the APA.

It is expected that a pupil in KS2 will access the APA for a maximum of 4 terms, whilst at KS3 a pupil will access the APA for up to a maximum of 3 terms. It is acknowledged that pupils in KS4 may spend the whole of that key stage in an APA.

In all cases, any school that receives additional funding through SEN or pupil premium money will be expected to ensure these monies follow the pupil on a proportionate basis, either through payment or through providing staff attached to statements of SEN.

At both Key Stage1, 2 and 3 pupils follow a personalised learning programme linked to the national curriculum, whilst at Key Stage 4 pupils will follow a personalised learning programme which is linked to both academic qualifications and/or a vocational route, which can include work experience. The pathway followed by the pupil will be dependent on their educational needs and may include elements of on line learning.

The Community and Hospital Education Service (CHES)

The Community and Hospital Education Service is an AP Academy that exists to provide education for pupils unable to attend school due to medical reasons. Its main principle is:

‘Cornwall believes that children and young people with health needs that impede their attendance at school should have access to high quality educational opportunities, with the expectation that they will be returning to school as soon as possible’.

Pupils educated through CHES will receive their education through a combination of individual teaching and online learning. CHES teachers and teaching assistants visit the homes of the students across Cornwall and provide a personal, exciting and innovative education appropriate to the students in terms of their age as well as their educational and medical needs. The online school provides a series of interactive online lessons, in small classes, which allow students to take GCSE’s at Key Stage Four. Some students also use outside providers as well as their registered school to supplement their provision. This produces an individual timetable for each student that is tailored to what their medical needs allow them to access.

CHES Hospital Schoolroom

Education in RCH Treliske is provided through the Hospital Schoolroom. We adopt a “Creative Curriculum” that aims to reduce the anxiety of a hospital stay for pupils. For longer stay pupils, individual programmes of education are developed, including teaching programmes that support national qualifications.

Promotion of British Values

At Acorn Academy Cornwall, we actively promote positive, inclusive values. These include democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, and mutual respect for and tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs. We believe British values are those values expected of anyone living in Britain, regardless of their nationality, culture or religious belief.

Our ethos reflects these values. We place great emphasis on building positive relationships in school, amongst the students themselves and between staff and students. We strongly believe students should not merely be taught such values but that they are embedded into school life and how we do things.

We strive to support our students to develop into confident, happy, successful young adults who have empathy towards and an understanding of those less fortunate than themselves.

Robert Gasson
CEO
Acorn Academy Cornwall