New Academy Trust to run Cornwall's seven short stay schools
A ground breaking proposal to convert Cornwall’s highly successful Short Stay Schools into a new academy sponsored by Acorn Care and Education, one of the country’s leading providers of care and education for vulnerable children, was finalised on Saturday, 1 June when the new Acorn Academy Cornwall officially came into being.
Under the proposal, which was given the go ahead by members of the former Council’s Cabinet last year and supported by primary and secondary schools across Cornwall, the seven Short Stay Schools have become Alternative Provision Academies under the umbrella of a Multi Academy Trust sponsored by Acorn Care and Education.
The schools, which provide education for pupils who have been excluded or are unable to be educated in a mainstream school, involved in the project are:
- North Cornwall Alternative Provision Academy
- Restormel Alternative Provision Academy
- Caradon Alternative Provision Academy
- Glynn House Alternative Provision Academy
- Nine Maidens Alternative Provision Academy
- Penwith Alternative Provision Academy
- Community and Hospital Education Service Alternative Provision Academy
“This new multi academy trust will deliver high quality provision for vulnerable young people in Cornwall” said Trevor Doughty, Director of Cornwall’s Children’s Services Authority. “We chose Acorn as a sponsor for this project as they are recognised as one of the UK’s leading providers of care and education for the most vulnerable and hardest to place young children, with a proven track record and specialist expertise in this area.”
The Trust will be governed under a two tier structure comprising one group of Members (representatives of the sponsor and an independent member appointed in consultation with the existing pupil referral units and the Council) and a group of Directors who will be responsible for running the Trust. The Directors’ group will include two ‘parent’ directors, five Academy directors (expected to be chairs of the Local Governing Bodies), one appointed by the Local Authority and the Executive Principal designate.
The current leadership team of the Executive Headteacher and the seven Headteachers for each Alternative Provision Academy will remain in place, with the Headteachers of each Alternative Provision Academy responsible for their day to day running.
Steve Page, Chief Executive of Acorn Care and Education, said “The Acorn team are excited to be partnering the excellent staff teams in Cornwall’s short stay schools as together we make the transition to Academy School status. We look forward to working with everyone in Cornwall to continue to improve the provision and outcomes for the children we serve”.
Story posted 03 June 2013