Specialist Children’s Education


    Acorn School Mission Statement

    Acorn school provides a safe, caring learning environment for eleven to sixteen year olds who have social, emotional and behavioural difficulties. Each individual is treated with inclusion, compassion and understanding. There are currently 3 experienced and fully qualified teachers at the school and two teaching assistants.

    We aim to:

    • Deliver an individual and empathic approach to education.
    • Provide secure and nurturing environment where pupils can feel supported.
    • Celebrate all achievements and encourage pupils to achieve their full potential.
    • Develop confidence and self-esteem through the use of praise and rewards.
    • To offer pupils full access to the National Curriculum and access to appropriate qualifications such as: GCSEs, Functional Skills, Entry Level Certificates and ASDAN.
    • Often invite extra ‘guest’ teachers to attend the school to deliver exciting, specialist  lessons.
    • Encourage, where appropriate, integration into mainstream schools.
    • Keep pupils safe.
    • Provide assessment and support from our Educational Psychologist.

    For a full list of Ofsted Acorn Reports via the website please click here.

    Devon Safeguarding website please click here

     

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    Interim Summary 2015-2016 Academic Year

    The key focus of the Governors is to ensure that Students strive to achieve the best in their education. To achieve this the Governing body recognise that Students must be supported by a well lead, enthusiastic , competent and motivated teaching team operating within a safe, supportive and stimulating environment.

    During the 2015 to 2016 Academic year Acorn school successfully achieved its Governance outcomes notably in the contribution of;

    1. Setting- up the Education Working Group
    2. recruitment of a teacher with a science background
    3. authorisation and commissioning of new kitchen facilities
    4. improvements made to the site grounds.
    5. Comprehensive school policy review
    6. Revised training matrix including governance training and the Prevent agenda
    7. Change to Head teach supervision arrangements

    Targets for the 2016 to 2017 Academic year include;

    1. To improve the way that progress and attainment data are presented so that governors can analyse data more thoroughly and have a clearer picture of academic and behavioural information.

    Action: BWC software to be launched across the organisation. Half termly reports to inform governors of academic and behavioural progress.

    1. To improve the admissions process so that a thorough learning and therapeutic package is created from the outset.

    Action:- Prior learning information, psychological assessments and EHC plans will inform the development of a learning package for each learner  and associated costs. Learners  will have the support, therapeutic intervention and curriculum needs filled from the outset (where possible)

    1. To develop more therapeutic intervention opportunities.

    Action : To provide opportunities for school staff to train in or recruit staff with skills in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, therapeutic interventions such as Art therapy or counselling.

    1. To upgrade the website and prospectus to reflect the quality of Acorn’s provision.

    Action: To work with the Head Teacher to develop a new and improved prospectus and website.

    1. Improve utility provision notably via telecoms upgrade

    Action: Deployment of IT communications  upgrade

    1. To continue to seek opportunities for a new school provision

     

    The governing body for Acorn School consists of:

    Mr Jon PainChair of the Governors
    Mr Charlie MeadGovernor of Safeguarding
    Mr Keith BurleyGovernor
    Mr Francois DelbaereGovernor
    VacancyParent Governer
    Mrs Abigail HeardHeadteacher

     

    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 Development Planning
    • Setting Performance management targets for the Headteacher
    • Agreeing Policies/Procedures
    • Holding the Headteacher 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 was up-to-date, authorised and available as required

    Acorn School

    Address:  

    Little Oak Knowstone,

    Knowstone,

    South Molton

    Devon

    EX36 4SA

    Phone:

    01271 859720

    Email:

    acornschool@plcl.org.uk

     


    Phoenix Academy Mission Statement

    Phoenix Academy is based in Somerset and has been set up to provide a unique and specialist educational resource for students with Special Educational Needs of various types, but particularly those with Emotional, Social and Behavioural Difficulties. At Phoenix Academy, we have high expectations of all our students and celebrate their ongoing successes through positive reward. The main emphasis is on nurturing the individual child in order for them to achieve to their full potential.

    We aim to:

    • Provide a quality care and education facility and endeavour to give young people who have had many setbacks, a fresh start in life.
    • Encourage a ‘can do’ culture at the school and by recognising students’ individual needs we are able to work with their particular strengths and help them achieve to their full potential.
    • Use a Positive School Rewards System to encourage and motivate students to succeed academically and to manage their behaviour appropriately.
    • 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.
    • Build confidence and self-esteem through the use of praise and encouragement.

    For a full list of Ofsted Academy Reports via the website please click here.

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    Interim Summary 2016-2017 Academic Year

    The key focus of the Governors is to ensure that Students strive to achieve the best in their education. To achieve this the Governing body recognise that Students must be supported by a well lead, enthusiastic , competent and motivated teaching team operating within a safe, supportive and stimulating environment.

    We have a governing body with a wide range of skills and experience.

    During November 2015 the school had an Ofsted inspection a full copy can be downloaded from this website. As a result a full action plan has been implemented addressing all the key areas of concern and rapid progress is being made.

    The future outlook for the school is positive with two new teachers and a Clerk having joined the team and a new Head Teacher is expected to start in February. In addition a programme of physical improvements at the site is underway and improved teaching assessment processes deployed.

    Governors Key Target priorities completed for the 2016-2017 Academic year were;

    • Set-up an Education Working Group for all Phoenix Learning and Care education establishments (chair P.Hannan – Director of Education)
    • Authorise and recruit a Head Teacher and Clerk
    • Implement systemic changes to the procedures used on site
    • Scope upgrade to school grounds
    • Complete comprehensive school Policy review
    • Revise team training matrix including; Governance training and Prevent agenda
    • Review Governance arrangements with view to having a broader Governance team
    • Head teacher Supervision arrangements
    • Head Teacher performance management via collation of KPI pack

    Governors Key Target priorities for the 2016-2017 Academic year are;

    • Gain approval for educating Key Stage 2 level Students
    • Implementation of new IT system and IT infrastructure for Student and Human Resources data recording and performance metrics
    • Gain GOOD rating grade from Ofsted at next inspection following improvements to the School
    • Invest in the external facilities as Student numbers increase
    • Development of the Phoenix Academy website
    • Review Teaching staff progression criteria
    • Recruit diverse Governance board and select new Chair of Governors

    The governing body for the Phoenix Academy consists of:

    Mr Jon PainChair of the Governors
    Mr Charlie MeadGovernor of Safeguarding
    Mr Keith BurleyGovernor
    Mr Francois DelbaereGovernor
    VacancyParent Governor
    Mr Jon LloydHead Teacher
    Caroline PalmerClerk

    Academy School

    Address:  

    Brook Farm,

    Newton Road,

    North Petherton, 

    Somerset,

    TA6 6NA

    Phone:

    01271 318110

    Email:

    academy@plcl.org.uk