Penwith OFSTED Report 2015

Penwith APA is a 40 place mixed sex APA for KS1 – KS4 pupils.  We serve the Penwith area that includes some of the most economically disadvantaged areas in Europe.

Penwith APA was judged to be Outstanding in all areas by Ofsted in May 2015.


Penwith AP Academy Deed of Variation – 24 November 2016

Penwith APA PPSG Declaration of Interests

Penwith PPSG Attendance 2016-17


Staff Biographies

Clare Barden  – Principal

Clare completed her Degree in London, and moved to Cornwall in 1992. She worked for a few years in a Secure Unit for adults with Severe Learning Disabilites in Falmouth, before completing her PGCE in London in 1996 and working at Pool School (now Academy) for 10 years. In 2007 she took up post as Deputy at Penwith AP Academy, before taking the post of Head at Restormel APA in February 2015.  Clare became Principal at Penwith APA in April 2017.  Clare is passionate about giving vulnerable young people every possible opportunity to succeed in life, striving for ways to help them academically, socially and emotionally. Her interests outside of work include playing saxophone and keyboards, walking, travelling, gardening, cooking…..and sleeping!


Samantha Black, Vice Principal and SENDCo:

Sam has been in education for 27 years both in the UK and in Spain where she taught adults at the Executive Business School in San Sebastian and at Madrid University. In the UK she was Second in Department in a large, Greater London comprehensive where she taught a wide range of abilities from those with special educational needs to A’level students. On moving to Cornwall, she joined the Education Out of School service teaching English and Media Studies and went on to become the English Co-ordinator at Penwith and more recently the SENDCo and Vice Principal. She has one son and two cats and outside work her interests include: reading, films and gardening.


Andy McCallum, Family Support Manager

Andy has worked with Restormel AP Academy for 3 years as a Therapeutic Counsellor and now as Penwith Family Suppport Manager. Previously Andy served as a Police Officer for 18 years and a post-16 Tutor teaching counselling, so brings nearly 25 years’ experience working with children and young people. Andy has lived in Australia and South Africa, served in the military overseas, and is married with 3 children aged 25, 20, and 15 years. Currently Andy is working toward his Level 7 Diploma in Counselling Children, and a part-time OU Degree in Counselling Psychology. Andy’s passions are travelling, reading, research, and medieval history.




Latest Ofsted Report

Penwith is judged to be Outstanding in all areas May 2015

Penwith APA Ofsted Report.

Our Curriculum

Our individualised curriculum is designed to enable students to develop a sense of personal responsibility towards learning in collaboration with their teachers and support staff. Progress is monitored carefully and targets are designed to challenge and provide opportunity for progression.

Key Stage 2

Students in Key Stage 2 are placed in one of two primary classes, where there is a strong focus on emotional and social development, and on literacy. We provide a nurturing environment in which students will receive a full and varied curriculum based on the Inspire Curriculum, including: English, Maths, Science, Humanities, PSHE, Art, PE, and Land-based Studies.

Key Stage 3

Students in a Key Stage 3 group will receive a full and varied curriculum, based on the Inspire Curriculum, including:  English, Maths, Science, ICT, PSHE, Art, Food Technology, Humanities, Land-based Studies and PE including Outdoor Education. Progress in Literacy 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 City & Guilds accreditation.

Key Stage 4

Students in a Key Stage 4 groups will be progressing towards various qualifications including: is English GCSE Literature/Language/Functional skills; Maths GCSE/Functional skills; Science GCSE ; Food studies GCSE; Art GCSE and PSD Asdan level 2 and  BTEC vocational studies

The curriculum at Key Stage 4 is often highly individualized, with a number of pupils pursuing vocational accreditation in addition to GCSE qualifications.


Penwith AP Academy Exam Results

Penwith AP Academy Progress and Attainment Data – Spring Term 2017

Penwith APA 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:

Penwith APA
Penbrea Road
TR18 3NX

Telephone: 01736 332341


Principal and Main Contact: Clare Barden

Chair of the PPSG:  Chris Liles