Headteacher’s Welcome

A welcome from our headteacher Helen Fortes

I am delighted to have been appointed as the first headteacher of Olive AP Academy – Suffolk (Central). Our academy provides a broad and balanced curriculum for pupils aged 7-16.

Pupils are referred to the academy for a variety of reasons; they may be permanently excluded from a mainstream school, have a medical condition that prevents them from attending school or have been placed at the academy for a period of intervention work. Olive AP Academy – Suffolk (Central) (OA-SC) operates across two sites. Our Bury St Edmunds site provides education for those pupils who are referred for medical reasons. Our larger site in Stowmarket provides education for all other pupils in KS2-4.

We aim to give all pupils a fresh start to make a better future for themselves. With support and the right provision, we believe all pupils can become successful learners who are prepared socially, emotionally and academically for the challenges of adult life.

All pupils need their teachers to believe that today could be the start to changing their tomorrows and all of our staff are determined to find innovative and exciting ways to re-engage each pupil in learning opportunities.

We aim to provide all pupils with the best possible standards of education. We want our academy to be a place where young people can thrive, learn and achieve their best. We offer flexible, personalised programmes and a wide range of positive experiences so that young people can develop the confidence to believe in themselves and make positive choices for their futures.

My work in education began after completing a PGCE and MEd at Homerton College, University of Cambridge. I went on teach at a mixed comprehensive school in Cambridgeshire where I had a particular interest in pastoral leadership and personalised learning, taking on the responsibilities of a head of year and later head of sixth form. In 2013 I joined Thurrock Pupil Support Service (PSS) as an assistant headteacher; PSS soon converted to become Olive AP Academy - Thurrock (OA-Th). I went on to become deputy headteacher at OA-Th before joining the senior leadership team at Kingsfield PRU in January 2016. I was appointed as headteacher in December 2016 and have been in post during the academy conversion process in which Kingsfield PRU became Olive AP Academy - Suffolk (Central) in June 2017. I am proud to be leading a dedicated team and we are determined to ensure our new academy is an excellent place for learning for all our pupils.

Please do not hesitate to contact me at info.suffolk@oliveacademies.org.uk if you require any further information about Olive AP Academy – Suffolk (Central).

Helen Fortes