Caradon PPSG Committee Attendance 2015-2016

139761_Caradon_APAcademy_Cornwall Funding Agreement

Caradon AP Academy is based in Liskeard, South East Cornwall; a region that includes some of the most socially and economically deprived rural areas within the county of Cornwall.  We have a pupil population of mixed sex placements for those young people who have been permanently excluded or are on intervention programmes between Key Stage 1 – Key Stage 4.


Staff Biographies


Haydn Pearse – Principal, Caradon

Haydn has been a teacher for 14 years. He completed his degree in Sport and Biology in Liverpool before going on to complete a PGCE in Secondary Education.
Haydn taught secondary PE in Worcestershire for 6 years before relocating to Cornwall and taking a teaching post at CAPA and subsequently Deputy and Acting Principal post.  Since University Haydn has consistently been involved coaching and working with youngsters on summer camps and running sports teams.
Outside of work Haydn loves Rugby and spending time in the outdoors with his family and dogs.


IMG_0247Jeremy Grigg, Vice Principal:

Jeremy has worked in education for 19 years since completing his BA (Hons) & PGCE at Cardiff Institute of Higher Education (University of Wales). He has Taught PE and Maths at primary, secondary & FE Level, run a PE department at Brannel School for five years & was Head of Year at Fowey River Academy before joining the team at Caradon. He has been involved in sport all his life & has represented the County at cricket & rugby. Outside of work he enjoys walking, running, weight training, socialising & spending time with his three children.


20160229_073906-1Alison Pearse, SENCO:

Alison studied a BA Hons degree in KS 2/3 PE with SEN and Primary English, Maths and Science at University College Worcester. Alison then taught PE in Worcestershire for 6 years before moving to Cornwall, where she became Assistant SENCo and Acting SENCO at a local Secondary school. During this time Alison completed a PG Cert in SEN before taking some time to be at home with her young family. Following this short break, Alison then became SENCo at Caradon AP Academy. Alison enjoys spending time with her family, walking with their two dogs and running.


After training as a primary school teacher in Wales, Nick moved to Cornwall to teach environmental studies at an outdoor centre. After 20 years of working in outdoor education Nick took up a position with the Cornwall Behaviour Support Service. Since then he has worked as a primary teacher at Caradon APA and as an Adviser with the Behaviour Support Service. The lure of Caradon is obviously so strong that Nick is now back for a second stint.

Outside school Nick enjoys time with his wife and three children; whilst continuing to spend as much time as possible outdoors particularly gardening and walking the dog.




Some comments from our parents and visitors

‘Thanking you for your support with B and for arranging his college course – he is a different boy since going to college’.

‘Thank you for all of your help and support with the move for our pupil to your school.  We have all been very worried about this child and we know that he is going to the right place with you.  You made an immediate connection with the pupil-you have a magic touch!!’

‘B’s mum rang to say how very happy she was that we had got B through his exams and that he turned up for them’.

‘I am really happy that he is at your school and your communication in his home-school book is really helpful to let us know what kind of day he has had’.



Caradon Alternative Provision Academy Ofsted Report Feb 16

Caradon APA OFSTED Action Plan June 2017


Our primary team ensures a welcoming, nurturing approach to all children where the curriculum is tailored to meet the social, emotional and behavioural needs of each individual. There are currently two primary classes at Caradon AP Academy; one class for children in lower Key Stage 2 and the other for upper Key Stage 2 pupils.

Each child has an opportunity to work with our learning mentor and we place an importance on outdoor learning including swimming, and other outdoor activities. Team building is also developed through an outdoor learning programme making the most of our local environment We have access to a range of intervention programmes and additional support, which allows us to support all children in a variety of ways. Interventions include the Thrive approach, a specially designed social skills programme, the Dealing with Feeling and PSHE. Our approach promotes children self-regulating by improving their social, emotional and behavioural skills as well as developing resilience for learning. We work closely with feeder schools, families and our Family Support Manager to ensure clear communication and support from admission to reintegration.


We provide a personalised and engaging curriculum that reflects the requirements of the 2014 National Curriculum and is adapted to suit the interests and strengths of our pupils. We use the curriculum in line with our feeder Primary schools to ensure that the children’s learning will remain consistent with that of their peers in mainstream school. We place an importance on key skills such as reading, writing and maths whilst exploring subjects such as science, history, geography, art and music.

Key Stage 3

Students in a Key Stage 3 group will receive a full and varied curriculum including:  English, Maths, Science, ICT, PSHE, Citizenship, Art, DT, PE including Outdoor Education. Some students will also have the opportunity to further enhance their curriculum by attending outside providers. Students in these groups will also have the opportunity to gain accreditation in many of their subjects including ECDL in ICT.

Key Stage 4

Students in a Key Stage 4 groups will be progressing towards achieving a range of qualifications from the following subjects:

English Language and Literature, Mathematics, Science, Product design, Photography, Art and Ceramics.

  • ECDL in ICT
  • BTEC Level 1/2 Qualification in Sport.
  • Level 1 and 2 Functional skills in Mathematics and English.
  • Certificate of personal effectiveness (ASDAN).

Some students, where appropriate may access qualifications with partner organisations e.g. Duchy College.

Marking Code


Caradon APA Progress and Attainment Data Spring Term 2017

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Referrals to APAs are made through the pupil placement panel. Please contact the secretary to discuss referral at your local APA.

When considering the placement of pupils into an APA, the panel must consider not only the appropriateness of the placement for the pupil referred but also the effect the placement will have on the wider group. The decision of the APA Headteacher as to the suitability of the placement in their APA will be the determining factor over placement in any particular APA. The Executive Principle of the Multi Academy Trust will ensure that the MAT meets its obligations in discharging the Local Authority’s statutory duties with regard to Section 19 of the 1986 Education act (the full time education of permanently excluded, medical and other pupils). AP Academies are not an alternative to special schools for pupils with statements of SEN. They are a mainstream provision able to offer intervention and assessment placements for pupils with statements whose behaviour is preventing them from succeeding in a mainstream setting.

You can contact the school using the following information:

Caradon APA
West Street
PL14 6BS

Telephone: 01579 340405


Principal and Main Contact: Haydn Pearse

Chair of the PPSG: Helen Casson