Olive Academies celebrated the end of a successful first term at Olive AP Academy – Suffolk (Central) with a festive party. The academy opened in June 2017 and operates across two sites in Bury St Edmunds and Stowmarket.
The academy supports up to sixty pupils aged 7 to 16 who may have complex needs or who may have been permanently excluded from a mainstream school.
The academy aims to give Suffolk pupils a fresh start and the chance to make a better future for themselves. With support and the right provision, Olive Academies believes that all pupils can become successful learners who are prepared socially, emotionally and academically for the challenges of adult life.
Judith Mobbs, Suffolk County Council’s Assistant Director of Inclusion and Skills, attended the celebration held on Thursday 7th December and spoke to local school leaders and academy staff at the event. She said, “To work with Olive Academies here in Suffolk is fantastic. This new academy is part of our journey as a county. We need to improve our offer for children who have additional needs. We are working hard to change things – so that every child has the right offer of education to give them the right start in life.”
At the event, Mark Vickers, Chief Executive of Olive Academies, also presented a prize to pupil Alfie Nicholas, age 12, for his winning Christmas card design which was selected to become the Olive Academies’ official 2017 Christmas card.
Helen Fortes, Headteacher, Olive AP Academy – Suffolk (Central) said, “I am so proud of how hard our staff and pupils have worked this term. We want our new academy to be a place where young people can thrive, learn and achieve their best. All pupils need their teachers to believe that today could be the start to changing their tomorrows. All of our staff here at the academy are determined to find innovative and exciting ways to re-engage each of our pupils. We are ambitious and want the very best education for all local children and young people.”
You can find out more about Olive AP Academy – Suffolk (Central) at http://apsuffolk.oliveacademies.org.uk/