Restormel Academy


Restormel APA

Restormel OFSTED 2016 Inspection Letter

Restormel OFSTED 2013 Inspection Report

Restormel AP Academy is based in St Austell in Mid-Cornwall; a region that includes some of the most socially and economically deprived areas within Cornwall.  Restormel AP Academy provides a warm, caring and individualised learning experience for pupils whose behaviour has hindered their progress in mainstream school. We strive to re-engage our pupils with learning, by maintaining a calm working atmosphere, and supporting positive change in the way our pupils choose to behave.
We provide places for those young people who have been permanently excluded from school, or who are on intervention programmes because of their behaviour.


Restormel AP Academy Deed of Variation – 24 November 2016

Restormel APA PPSG Declaration of Interests 2018

Restormel PPSG Attendance 2016-17

Staff Biographies


20160222_131322_resizedLianne Ward, Principal

Lianne Ward has been a teacher for 18 years after completing her education degree in Cardiff. She then spent 13 years employed as a Year 6 teacher in a local Primary school. In 2002, Lianne travelled the world for 2 years which also gave her the opportunity to work as a teacher in Peru and Thailand. In 2011, she was appointed lead teacher of an area based Nurture Group as part of Restormel AP Academy before taking on  the post of Vice Principal and SENDCo, and was appointed as Principal in 2017.  Lianne is passionate about providing positive educational experiences for our vulnerable pupils. In her spare time she enjoys being active, sewing and spending time with her family.



Michael Bunney, Vice Principal and Senco

Michael was born and brought up in the Gorran/Mevagissey area and attended the Roseland School and St. Austell College.  He has been teaching for the last 19 years and qualified from Kent and Exeter Universities.  He has been a Head of Year and Head of House in secondary schools in Cornwall, Devon and Dorset for fourteen years and recently has been teaching history at Treviglas Community College in Newquay.  In 2012 Michael was runner up for the Pearson South West Teacher of the Year award.  Michael loves the outdoors and is Captain of his local Gig Rowing Club.  He spends as much time as possible on his local beaches swimming, rowing and enjoying our beautiful Cornish coast.  He is heavily involved in his local community and is a Parish Councillor and ex Cornwall Councillor.



Gemma Phillips, Family Support Manager

I graduated in 2011 from the University of Plymouth with a BSc (hons) in Criminology and Criminal Justice Studies. I spent a lot of time working with offenders and their familiesduring study for my degree on work placements in Prisons across the South West. I have always been passionate about the maintenance of positive family ties and therefore I conducted a dissertation research project within this field. I have since worked within the Prison Service in Kent, focusing my work on offenders and their families as a Family Liaison Officer as well as creating educational opportunities for offenders. I set up and launched a successful distance learning project for offenders through the Open University, “The Open Academy” within a Prison. Following this I have worked with children and young people within a secondary school in Kent launching an alternative provision setting. I am passionate about supporting young people and their families and ensuring that everyone has opportunities to be successful. My interests include travelling, cooking, reading, socialising and being active, as well as spending time with my family.

Kate Martin Raising Standards Leader – Literacy
Kate has worked in schools in both pastoral and teaching roles for the past ten years, and is passionate about achieving positive outcomes for students in all areas of their education and development. Kate believes that Literacy is key in unlocking potential in all areas and is keen to spread that message! Outside of work, Kate is a keen reader and enjoys writing, having previously written storylines for Coronation Street and Hollyoaks. She particularly enjoys spending time with her family, travelling in their motorhome.


Some comments from our parents and visitors:

A trainer who delivered a recent twilight INSET session wrote to the Principal  ‘Sincerely, thank you for your warmth of welcome.  Please pass on my thanks to your wonderful staff for being proactive and for having such a can do, will do attitude when I delivered the Effective Questioning Inset’.

‘On Monday I went to get the primary lunches from the kitchen, A greeted me with a lovely smile and offered to help me with the tray and doors in to the primary wing. When she came in to primary she was very polite and respectful’

An agency we work with reports that our staff are really positive and committed, and are making a big difference to our young people. They liaise well and are always welcoming and effective.

One of our schools said that Restormel AP Academy had an amazing atmosphere. It is a calm and happy place. She thinks we are doing an amazing job and she is pleased when she can get some students to come here.

‘The school felt ‘safe, nurturing, caring and calm’

‘Being here with us has helped J enormously, and has helped to bring ‘the old J back’.

‘I have never had so much support from a school in order to get the help J needs’. She felt that this school was the best thing that had happened to J.

An agency we work with fed back that the 4 students they work with are all enjoying school and also said that there was a great atmosphere in the school.

Another agency said that the environment at Restormel feels really lovely.

‘A big thank you to you for the help and support you have given to J since he started here. She said that we have made a big difference.’

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 3

Students in a Key Stage 3 group will receive a full and varied curriculum which includes:  English, Maths, Science, PSHE, Art, Home Cooking Skills, History, Land-based Studies option and PE. Targeted students also have access to a weekly group or 1:1 Counselling Session with a trained counsellor. Raising Literacy and daily reading remain a key focus during Key Stage 3. Most Key Stage 3 students access a six-week Outdoor Education Programme run by Outside Providers, but supported by Restormel staff.

Key Stage 4

Students in Key Stage 4 will be progressing towards various qualifications including: GCSE English Language, English Literature (optional), Mathematics and Science. They will also have the opportunity to study Functional Skills English and Maths Level 1 and/or 2, BTEC Level 1 Land-based Studies, Vocational Studies, Level 2 Home Cooking Skills and Asdan Certificate of Personal Effectiveness. The curriculum at Key Stage 4 is often highly individualized and is enriched with Life skills/PSHE, a variety or PE opportunities, bi-weekly access to our Learning Farm facilities, plus access to a weekly group or 1:1 Counselling Session with a trained counsellor.

Restormel APA sample timetable March 2018

Marking Expectations


Restormel AP Academy Exam Results

Restormel AP Academy Pupil and Attainment Data Spring 2018

Restormel AP Academy Pupil Premium Strategy 2017-2018

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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:

Restormel APA
Great Eastern and Great Western
The Sidings
Brunel Business Park
St Austell
PL25 4TJ

Telephone: 01726 61003


Principal and Main Contact: Lianne Ward

Chair of the PPSG: Richard Cardigan

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