Our alternative provision academy provides a broad and balanced curriculum for pupils aged 7 to 16. We operate across two sites. Our Bury St Edmunds site provides education for pupils who are referred with complex or medical needs. Our larger site in Stowmarket provides education for pupils in Key Stages 2-4. We have up to 60 pupils on roll at any time.
Pupils are referred to our academy for a variety of reasons; they may be permanently excluded from a mainstream school, have complex or medical needs which prevent them from attending school or have been placed at the academy for a period of intervention work.
Our headteacher is Helen Fortes and our SEND coordinator is Carolyn Homan.
Safeguarding children at Olive AP Academy – Suffolk (Central): all staff at our academy take safeguarding children very seriously. All staff have been trained in safeguarding and child protection. If you have any concerns about a child’s wellbeing, bullying or e-safety, please contact the Designated Safeguarding Lead Mrs Judy Lewis via our main academy office.
Olive AP Academy - Suffolk (Central) is part of Olive Academies multi-academy trust, approved by the Department for Education. Established in 2013, it is one of the first academy sponsors specialising in alternative provision in England. For more information about our board members, annual reports and accounts please visit www.oliveacademies.org.uk.
Olive Academies principal aim is to encourage pupils to develop the confidence, skills and knowledge to believe that they can be successful in their own lives. Olive Academies provides enriching opportunities for young people who have been unable to succeed in their current educational setting and supports their return to mainstream school by working with both the young person and staff to enable a positive transition.