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 from Key Stage 1 to Key Stage 4 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 2016
Restormel PPSG Committee Attendance 2015-2016
Lianne 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
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.
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 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 1 and 2
Students in Key Stage 2 receive a varied curriculum that aims to raise academic achievement and improve their social, emotional and behavioural skills in order for them to successfully access learning and reintegration to a mainstream setting where appropriate. We base our programme of studies on the Inspire Curriculum which is adapted to meet the needs of individual students. Students have access to daily literacy, numeracy, project work and weekly off-site PE. Staff use a Thrive approach to maximize opportunities for students to fill in their identified developmental gaps and emphasis is placed on developing social skills, resilience and self-regulation. They also access swimming in the Summer term. Targeted students have access to a weekly group or 1:1 Counselling Session with a trained counsellor.
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.
Sample timetables for KS1 & KS2