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.

Our headteacher is Mike Piper and our senior deputy headteacher and SENDCO is Anna Mears.


We update our website regularly with the latest advice about Coronavirus. Please check our news page for copies of all letters and information sent to parents/ carers.


To help with learning at home, we have provided each student with a plan and resources – academy staff will talk to each student regularly about their work and offer help as needed. The government are also providing lots of information for parents and carers supporting children to learn at home at the moment.  Here is a link to this latest government guidance.

The Department for Education also has a helpline for staff , parents and young people who are seeking advice about COVID-19/ Coronavirus.  
T: 0800 046 8687, E: DfE.coronavirushelpline@education.gov.uk Available: 8am to 6pm (Mon to Fri), 10am to 4pm (Sat & Sun).

The Department for Education have been informed that some parents have received an email stating the following: ‘As schools will be closing, if you’re entitled to free school meals, please send your bank details and we’ll make sure you’re supported’. The Department for Education has confirmed that this is a scam email and is not official. We urge parents that if you receive any emails like this, please do not respond, and delete it immediately.



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, Judy Lewis, 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 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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