Phoenix Academy

The Phoenix Academy, based in Somerset and provides a unique and specialist educational resource for students with Special Educational Needs of various types, but particularly those with Social emotional and mental health difficulties. We have high expectations of our students and celebrate their ongoing successes through positive reward. The main emphasis is on nurturing the individual student and providing bespoke education to meet their individual needs.

We provide:

  • A warm, welcoming  and nurturing school, allowing children who may have met setbacks in their educational journey can re-engage with learning in a safe and supportive environment
  • A ‘can do’ culture at the school; by recognising students’ individual skills and needs we are able to work with them to help them achieve to their full potential.
  • A Positive School Rewards System which encourages and motivates students to succeed academically and socially
  • Offer a range of qualifications and awards across the curriculum including: GCSEs, Entry Level Certificates, ASDAN COPE, The Duke of Edinburgh Awards, Functional Skills Certificates and the AQA unit awards.

There have been no formal complaints in the last academic year

Phoenix Academy Ofsted Reports School& College Performance Tables Equality and Diversity Targets

The aim and values of Phoenix Academy are focused on maximising every individuals’ potential to develop into a confident, secure, well-adjusted and skilled young person who can make a positive contribution to society and live as independent a life as possible. We are therefore committed to the following principles:

  • To respect and value all individual pupils and staff
  • To provide the highest standards of education, which meet individual needs
  • To ensure safety, security and opportunities for successful and relevant outcomes
  • To foster pupils’ social, moral, spiritual and cultural development
  • Embedded learning opportunities, Specific Themed approaches and applied non direct teaching/learning experiences – e.g. School Council, Life skills programmes, community visits and guest speakers)

We deliver a differentiated 7 -16 years curriculum, which is closely aligned with our pupils’ levels of ability, interests and aspirations. Our curriculum is broad, balanced, relevant and is designed to have integrated as well as individualised and/or focused therapeutic support as necessary. There is a focus on developing resilience and preparing pupils for the next stage in their lives.

We provide a learning environment for young people, inclusive of those with Special Educational Needs (primarily for those with Social, Emotional and Mental Health and/or Communication and Interaction Needs).

Academy Prospectus

The Board of Governors is ambitious for all children and young people and infused with a passion for education and a commitment to continuous school improvement that enables the best possible outcomes. Governance is  grounded in reality as through collation of both high-quality objective data and a full understanding of the views and needs of students, staff, parents, carers and local communities.

The board provides a wide range of skills and are focused on the key strategic issues and conduct their role with humility, good judgement, resilience and determination.

The key features of governance are:

Strategic leadership that sets and champions vision, ethos and strategy.

Accountability that drives up educational standards and financial performance.

Compliance with statutory and contractual requirements.

Evaluation to monitor and improve the quality and impact of governance.

Key Roles and Responsibilities of the Governing Body

  • Setting the Vision and Strategic Direction of the School
  • Agreeing the Schools Aims and Values as described in the Statement of Purpose
  • Agreeing Governing Body powers and duties
  • School Strategic Development Planning
  • Setting Performance management targets for the Head Teacher
  • Agreeing Policies/Procedures
  • Holding the Head Teacher to account for the schools educational performance
  • Monitoring and evaluation of data/reports
  • Assuring themselves of the rigour and validity of the teaching assessment process
  • Visiting the school
  • Seeking and acting on the views of Parents (inc Carers)/Students to evaluate their satisfaction
  • Challenge and support offered through tasks and activities in response to the Head Teachers report which will result in the improvement to the education provision and outcomes
  • Ensuring financial resources are well spent
  • Budget setting (demonstrating spending choices made in line with school priorities)
  • Strategic and Reflective budget planning for spending (including Pupil Premium Grant)
  • Any exploration of “best value”
  • Ensuring Statutory duties are met and priorities approved
  • Ensuring the school website is up-to-date and complies with regulations
  • Ensuring agenda’s/work programmes annual cycle of timely discussion, review and approval of key compliance requirements (e.g. Child Protection Policy and Single Central Record)
  • Ensuring safeguarding responsibilities are met
  • Monitoring the delivery of the curriculum offer and the effectiveness of the Social, Moral and Cultural mix
  • Checking that all training is valid, authorised and available as required

Board of Governors:

Chair – Jon Pain

Finance Governor – Francois Delbaere

Safeguarding Governor – Ray Charran

Children in Care Governor – Kiks Sheppard

Parent Governor – TBC

Children’s Champion – TBC

Head Teacher – Patrica Sheridan

Clerk – Caroline Palmer

Head Teacher      Patrica Sheridan


Brook Farm,

Newton Road,

North Petherton,



Phone: 01271 318110  For general enquiries please ask for Caroline Palmer


The Phoenix Academy proprietor is:

Phoenix Childcare Ltd

1st Floor, Rolle Quay House, Rolle Quay, Barnstaple, North Devon, EX31 1JE

Tel: 01271 379006

If you wish to receive a paper copy of the information provided in this website, including policy documents please contact us and we will be pleased to send it to you.