North Cornwall Alternative Provision Academy

North Cornwall APA is located in Bodmin.  We work closely with all of the secondary and primary schools within our partnership to ensure the needs of those most vulnerable pupils are met.  Our curriculum is tailored to meet the needs of our pupils and staff work extremely hard to ensure pupils are given every opportunity to succeed and aspire.  We work closely with a diverse range of outside agencies both statutory and voluntary so that our young people can access the support and guidance they need.  The staff are very hardworking and creative and always go the extra mile with the young people on roll

Contact Us

Principal and Main Contact: Richard Triggs

Chair of Governors: Lee Bateman

Enquiries are dealt with by the secretary: Sue Wright

North Cornwall APA

3-5 Barn Lane, Bodmin, Cornwall, PL31 1LZ

01840 213968


Open today

08:45 – 14:30

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Staff Biographies

Richard Triggs - Principal


Richard graduated from Plymouth University with a first class honours degree in Biological Science (BSc Hons).  He then attended Exeter University to complete PGCE in Science/PE. Richard previously taught Science at Brannel School, along with a pastoral role as Head of House.  He has always been committed to making a positive difference for all of the pupils in his care.   Richard is fortunate enough to have played football for the County Senior team, but now keeps fit primarily by cycling.  He enjoys spending time with his family (wife and two children).

Lee Quirke - Family Support Manager


Lee has over 17 years experience supporting children and young people with an array of complex needs. Her philosophy and day to day working style is to give young people a voice in any decision making whenever possible and to make sure their opinions are heard. She has a wide skill set built up from both academic study and practical experience. She holds a BA (Hons) from the open university as well as NVQs and a stack of Diplomas and Certificates in vocational subjects. Outside of school Lee enjoys surfing, taking long walks around the North Cornwall coast and spending time with her family..

Andrew Godfrey - Senco Secondary


Andrew is responsible for collaborating with teachers, teaching assistants and parents to support children who may have additional or different educational needs and disabilities to the rest of their peer group. As SENDCo, He also work with many outside professionals for example Speech and Occupational Therapists, Educational Psychologists and Autism and Dyslexia specialists, who come in to train staff and work with pupils in our school. He is  passionate about Special Education and achieved the National Award for Special Educational Needs Coordination in October 2017 from Plymouth University and also completed the training to become the school Autism Champion.

Ali Pearse - Senco Primary


Ali studied a BA Hons Key Stag 2/3 PE degree at University College Worcester. SHe then taught across both Primary, Middle and Secondary schools in Worcestershire before moving to Cornwall in 2007. Ali has since qualified as a SENDCO and has been doing this role for 3 1/2 years. Ali loves to be outdoors as much as possible and enjoy gardening,  running with her dogs along the amazing Cornwall coastal paths and heading to the North Coast beaches with her family for a spot of body boarding.

Academy Info

North Cornwall AP Acdemy Cornwall Funding agreement (pdf)


North Cornwall Alternative Provision Academy Osted Report April 2015 (pdf)


North Cornwall PPSG Attendance 2017-18 (pdf)


North Cornwall APA PPSG Declaration of Interests 2018 (pdf)


North Cornwall Ofsted Report 2019 (pdf)




Our primary team comprises three classes ranging from KS1 to upper KS2.

 We pride ourselves on our nurturing approach and we offer a curriculum which is tailored to meet every child’s individual needs.  

Outside of our academic studies, we work hard to meet and support the student’s social, emotional and behavioural needs through intervention programmes such as Thrive.  In addition, we offer the opportunity for the students to further their learning outside of the classroom.  These opportunities allow the students to develop their team building skills and to build relationships with each other, which they may have struggled previously to do. 

We follow the Read Write Inc. programme to support students in their literacy, and offer a range of other subjects including 

  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • PE
  • PSHE
  • outdoor learning 

This ensures our students return to their mainstream school equipped with the skills to develop their learning. 

Our aim is to talk to all parents on a daily basis so we can keep them up to date with what the young people have learnt and how they have behaved.


Our Secondary team is made up of many experienced staff members. 

We work hard to ensure our students leave with many qualifications as we are fully aware of how this impacts upon their life chances.  

All students are Thrive assessed and we currently offer qualifications as follows:

  • English (language and literature) (GCSE)
  • Maths (GCSE)
  • Science (GCSE)
  • Humanities (BTEC)
  • Science (BTEC)
  • Art (BTEC)
  • Photography(BTEC)
  • Catering (BTEC) 

Our PHSE curriculum is dynamic in that we respond to identified ‘trends’ within our cohort. Good use is made of outside providers, especially for PE. In addition, we have access to School counsellors to support students.

Key Stage 3

Students in a Key Stage 3 group will receive a full and varied curriculum including: English, Maths, Science, ICT, Art and Catering. 

Progress in Literacy and numeracy remains a key focus during Key Stage 3.

 Some students will also have the opportunity to further enhance their curriculum by attending outside providers e.g Dartmoor Zoo, where they are able to gain accreditation.

Key Stage 3 and 4

Students also have a comprehensive PHSE/Citizenship package which includes pertinent issues such as radicalization, British values, FGM as well as supportive careers guidance in order to better prepare them for the future. 

PE is also undertaken and this includes activities such as mountain biking, rock climbing, skating and surfing.  The School Gym has been a massive success.

 Home-School contact is daily.


Additional booster sessions are provided for those students, at both key stages, for those identified as being below their expected level

A counsellor and mentor is available to support all of our students.

Key Stage 4

Students in a Key Stage 4 groups will be progressing towards various GCSE and BTEC qualifications including:

 • English Language (GCSE) 

• Mathematics (GCSE)

 • Statistics (option for some students).

 • Humanities (BTEC)

 • Science (GCSE/BTEC) 

• Photography (BTEC) 

• Art (BTEC) 

• Catering (BTEC) 

Where appropriate, many of our students will have access to entry level, or vocational based qualifications.

North Cornwall APA sample Timetable March 2018 (pdf)