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.


Tuesday 24 November 2020:

We are pleased to confirm that the academy building will be open as planned on Thursday 26 November.  We look forward to welcoming our pupils back on site.

Please read our latest parent and carer letter on our news page for further information and contact details if you have any questions. We will continue to update the news page as needed and will be in daily contact with our pupils and parents/carers through our remote education and welfare programme.

During this short period of closure, if you have any safeguarding concerns or if you are worried about a child, please contact our Designated Safeguarding Lead on 07990 040487 or email judy.lewis@oliveacademies.org.uk.  

For ongoing guidance on minimising transmission of coronavirus 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, 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 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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