North Cornwall

North Cornwall APA.


North Cornwall APA is located in Bodmin.

We work closely with all of the secondary and primary schools within our partnership to ensure the needs of those most vulnerable pupils are met.

Our curriculum is tailored to meet the needs of our pupils and staff work extremely hard to ensure pupils are given every opportunity to succeed and aspire.

We work closely with a diverse range of outside agencies both statutory and voluntary so that our young people can access the support and guidance they need.

The staff are very hardworking and creative and always go the extra mile with the young people on roll


North Cornwall AP Academy Deed of Variation – 24 November 2016

North Cornwall AP Academy Deed of Variation – 18 September 2017

North Cornwall APA PPSG Declaration of Interests 2018

North Cornwall PPSG Attendance 2016-17

Staff Biographies



Richard Triggs – Principal, North Cornwall

Richard graduated from Plymouth University with a first class honours degree in Biological Science (BSc Hons). He then attended Exeter University to complete PGCE in Science/PE. Richard previously taught Science at Brannel School, along with a pastoral role as Head of House. He has always been committed to making a positive difference for all of the pupils in his care. Richard is fortunate enough to have played football for the County Senior team, but now keeps fit primarily by cycling. He enjoys spending time with his family (wife and two children).



photo-nhNathan Hayes, Vice Principal:

Nathan has been a teacher for 14 years (having taught Science and Mathematics), with varying TLR responsibilities, including Head of Visual Impairment Unit, Inclusion Manager for KS3, Second in charge of Mathematics, Quality Assurance Manager & ITT mentor. He enjoys looking at the data behind student outcomes and how they can be improved. He was a two sport international, having achieved caps for Wales in basketball (Men’s, U23’s & U18’s) and volleyball (Junior men’s) and won the National League and Cup Final (Wembley Arena) with Plymouth Raiders in 2001. He now enjoys spending his spare time with his family enjoying all that Cornwall has to offer.


Lee Quirke – Family Support Manager:

Lee has over 17 years experience supporting children and young people with an array of complex needs. Her philosophy and day to day working style is to give young people a voice in any decision making whenever possible and to make sure their opinions are heard. She has a wide skill set built up from both academic study and practical experience. She holds a BA (Hons) from the open university as well as NVQs and a stack of Diplomas and Certificates in vocational subjects. Outside of school Lee enjoys surfing, taking long walks around the North Cornwall coast and spending time with her family. 


Andrew Godfrey – SENCO Sencondary

Andrew is responsible for collaborating with teachers, teaching assistants and parents to support children who may have additional or different educational needs and disabilities to the rest of their peer group. As SENDCo, He also work with many outside professionals for example Speech and Occupational Therapists, Educational Psychologists and Autism and Dyslexia specialists, who come in to train staff and work with pupils in our school.

He is passionate about Special Education and  achieved the National Award for Special Educational Needs Coordination in October 2017 from Plymouth University and also completed the training to become the school Autism Champion.

Ali Pearse – SENCO Primary

Ali studied a BA Hons Key Stag 2/3 PE degree at University College Worcester. SHe then taught across both Primary, Middle and Secondary schools in Worcestershire before moving to Cornwall in 2007. Ali has since qualified as a SENDCO and has been doing this role for 3 1/2 years. Ali loves to be outdoors as much as possible and enjoy gardening, running with her dogs along the amazing Cornwall coastal paths and heading to the North Coast beaches with her family for a spot of body boarding.



Some comments from our parents:

J was absent as she had a dentist appointment – ‘she did not want to go to the dentist she wanted to come to School, she loves it‘

‘Can I start by saying a big thank you to all involved in changing L’s mind set towards her peers. She has returned to school today’

‘My child goes to the APA at Delabole and it’s the best decision I ever made bullying isn’t tolerated and the teachers are fantastic, understanding and will do anything to help the child.’

‘Just wanted to say how proud I was on Saturday when E received not one but two certificates and gift vouchers for her hard work in Maths and English! Credit due to yourself and your staff who have given her the support and encouragement to achieve things which I wouldn’t have thought possible less than a year ago! Thank you.’

‘B returned to School after half term break and following a serious incident on the Thursday before; she came to the Office and said “it feels good to be back home, this is like my home’

‘During a session with her WYZUP Worker she said that she “loved it here, is really liking it here, the staff are great and she has made some friends’

‘A is very complimentary about Acorn and is looking forward to getting back to school’

‘On receipt of a positive report one mother said – Fantastic to hear this. We have seen such a massive difference in J since she started and that’s due to you’

Of our Principal, one parent writes ‘thanks so much Rich you’re a man to be admired, you’re a rock to them kids’






North Cornwall APA Ofsted Report April 2015



Our Secondary team is made up of many experienced staff members. We work hard to ensure our students leave with many qualifications as we are fully aware of how this impacts upon their life chances.  All students are Thrive assessed and we currently offer GCSE qualifications in English (language and literature), Maths, and Science as well at BTEC qualifications in Humanities, Science, Art, Photography and Catering (Jamie Oliver).  Our PHSE curriculum is dynamic in that we respond to identified ‘trends’ within our cohort.

Good use is made of outside providers, especially for PE. In addition we have access to a School counsellor to support students.

Key Stage 3

Students in a Key Stage 3 group will receive a full and varied curriculum including: English, Maths, Science, ICT, Art and Catering.

Progress in Literacy and numeracy remains a key focus during Key Stage 3. Some students will also have the opportunity to further enhance their curriculum by attending outside providers, where they are able to gain accreditation.

Key Stage 4

Students in a Key Stage 4 groups will be progressing towards various GCSE qualifications including:

  • English Language and Literature.
  • Mathematics.
  • Statistics (option for some students).
  • Science (Science A and Additional Science),
  • European Computer Driving License (ECDL)
  • Photography
  • Art
  • Catering
  • Where appropriate, a small number of students will have access to entry level certificates (ELC), or vocational based qualifications.

Key Stage 3 and 4

  • Students also have a comprehensive PHSE/Citizenship package which includes pertinent issues such as radicalization, British values, FGM as well as supportive careers guidance in order to better prepare them for the future.
  • PE is also undertaken and this includes activities such as mountain biking, rock climbing and surfing.
  • Additional booster sessions are provided for those students, at both key stages, for those identified as being below their expected level.
  • A counsellor and mentor is available to support all of our students.


Our primary team comprises three classes ranging from KS1 to upper KS2.

We pride ourselves on our nurturing approach and we offer a curriculum which is tailored to meet every child’s individual needs.  Outside of our academic studies, we work hard to meet and support the student’s social, emotional and behavioural needs through intervention programmes such as Thrive.  In addition, we offer the opportunity for the students to further their learning outside of the classroom.  These opportunities allow the students to develop their team building skills and to build relationships with each other, which they may have struggled previously to do.

We follow the Read Write Inc. programme to support students in their literacy, and offer a range of other subjects including Mathematics, Science, PE, PSHE and outdoor learning to ensure students return to their mainstream school equipped with the skills to develop their learning.

North Cornwall APA sample Timetable March 2018

North Cornwall AP Academy Exam Results

North Cornwall AP Academy Pupil and Attainment Data Spring 2018

North Cornwall AP Academy Pupil Premium Strategy 2017-18

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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:

North Cornwall APA
3-5 Barn Lane
PL31 1LZ

Telephone: 01840 213968


Principal and Main Contact: Richard Triggs

Chair of the PPSG: Lee Bateman

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