Olive AP Academy – Suffolk

Our alternative provision academy in Stowmarket provides a broad and balanced curriculum for pupils aged 7 to 16.

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 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.

Alastair Burnett is Acting Headteacher.  He is supported by a leadership team which includes OA’s Director of Academies, Helena Boast in the executive headteacher role, interim senior leader Joanne Kiernan and our Deputy Headteacher, DSL and SENDCO Ellen Watson.  Ms Watson is the main contact for all parents and carers in the first instance. She can be emailed at ellen.watson@oliveacademies.org.uk.

The academy is currently closed for the summer break until Friday 3rd September, when we look forward to welcoming back our pupils. Letters on our news page provide the latest information for parents and carers. For information on the coronavirus testing programme please visit our COVID-19 page.

Safeguarding children at Olive AP Academy – Suffolk: 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, Ellen Watson, via our main academy office. T: 01449 613931


Ofsted Parent View gives you the chance to tell Ofsted what you think about your child’s school or academy, from the quality of teaching to dealing with bullying and poor behaviour. Please use this link to give your views: www.parentview.ofsted.gov.uk

“The transition from leaving his previous school was extremely hard, but with the right level of support, consistency, working together and showing my son we were all on the same page, the hard work paid off. I now have a happy child who goes into school with a smile and comes out with a smile.” Parent, September 2019

Olive AP Academy – Suffolk 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 contact details and more information about our board members, annual reports and accounts please visit www.oliveacademies.org.uk.

Here are some of our partner organisations who are working with us, delivering projects and support to our pupils at Olive AP Academy – Suffolk:

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All Olive Academies pupils wear the following: grey OA blazer, grey OA jumper, OA tie, white shirt, black school trousers or skirt
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The Daily Timetable

The academy day begins at 8.45am. Lessons begin at 9am. Lunch is at 12.15 and each day ends at 2.30pm.
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