Latest Ofsted Report
Penwith is judged to be Outstanding in all areas May 2015
Penwith APA bases its practice on a nurturing, relational, Trauma-Informed approach built on trusted relationships. We aim to ‘fit our school’ around a child’s needs where possible. 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. We baseline students academically and socially/emotionally on entry to Penwith, and review their progress on a half-termly basis.
In the Summer months we offer Surfing sessions and mountain biking run by Penwith staff. KS3 and 4 students are encouraged to make use of our on-site gym. We are growing into our outside space and now offer construction on-site, and we also have a polytunnel to ‘grow our own’. Students have timetabled sessions and take it in turns to cook lunch for everybody using our own produce (when in season).
Penwith also has two dogs who come in regularly to help students to understand a sense of ‘responsibility’, encourage the development of empathy and enjoy a regular therapeutic intervention as required.
Key Stage 1
Key Stage 1 students access a ‘bitesize’ approach to their learning. Daily literacy and numeracy tasks are interspersed with sensory play, physical activity, therapeutic crafts and project work.
Key Stage 2
Students in Key Stage 2 have a timetable with a strong focus on emotional and social development, literacy, numeracy and science. We provide a nurturing environment delivered via a relational approach in which students will receive a full and varied curriculum, including: English, Maths, Science, Humanities, PSHE, Art, PE, and Land-based Studies. Students will have access to swimming at some point in the year. Some students may have access to Music Therapy from an outside provider.
Key Stage 3
Our Key Stage 3 offer is focused on increasing resilience and developing an ability to self-regulate. A typical timetable includes English, Maths, Science, vocational studies, Art, Food Studies, Enrichment and global affairs 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 (such as horse-riding), some access a ‘mindfulness/outdoors in Nature/wellbeing’ session. We also offer daily access to our Gym, plus afternoon sessions off-site to engage with boxing, football and basketball.
Key Stage 4
Students in a Key Stage 4 groups will be progressing towards various qualifications including: English Language and English Literature GCSE and/or Level 1 or 2Functional skills; Maths GCSE and /or Level 1 or 2 Functional skills and/or Entry Level Certificate; Science GCSE or BTEC ; BTEC Home Cooking Skills Level 2; Art GCSE or BTEC; BTEC vocational studies Level 1; BTEC Employability Skills Level 1.
The curriculum at Key Stage 4 is often highly individualized, with a number of pupils pursuing vocational accreditation in addition to GCSE qualifications. Students are supported to develop resilience and the ability self-regulate and access Mindfulness/Outdoor in Nature/Wellbeing sessions, Music, Enrichment and Global Affairs plus horse-riding, daily access to our Gym, plus afternoon sessions off-site to engage with boxing, football and basketball.
We also accommodate workshops delivered by Third Party Providers including YZUP (drug advice and guidance), the police (E-safety), Taiko drumming, Raising Aspirations with Pirate FM Radio Station to name a few.
We also support our young people, with an aspirational approach, encouraging them to visit College open days, working closely with Careers South West, taking them to Careers Events and accompanying then to College interviews.