Restormel AP Academy is based in St Austell in Mid-Cornwall; a region that includes some of the most socially and economically deprived areas within Cornwall. 

 Restormel AP Academy provides a warm, caring and individualised learning experience for pupils whose behaviour has hindered their progress in mainstream school. We strive to re-engage our pupils with learning, by maintaining a calm working atmosphere, and supporting positive change in the way our pupils choose to behave.  We provide places for those young people who have been permanently excluded from school, or who are on intervention programmes because of their behaviour.

Contact Us

Principal and Main contact: Lianne Ward

Chair of Governors : Richard Cardigan

Enquiries are dealt with by the secretary : Debbie Brewster

Restormel APA

Great Eastern and Great Western, Brunel Business Park, St Austell, Cornwall, PL25 4TJ

01726 61003


Open today

09:00 – 17:00



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Staff Biographies

Lianne Ward - Principal


Lianne Ward has been a teacher for 18 years after completing her education degree in Cardiff. She then spent 13 years employed as a Year 6 teacher in a local Primary school. In 2002, Lianne travelled the world for 2 years which also gave her the opportunity to work as a teacher in Peru and Thailand. In 2011, she was appointed lead teacher of an area based Nurture Group as part of Restormel AP Academy before taking on  the post of Vice Principal and SENDCo, and was appointed as Principal in 2017.  Lianne is passionate about providing positive educational experiences for our vulnerable pupils. In her spare time she enjoys being active, sewing and spending time with her family.

Michael Bunney - Vice Principal


Michael was born and brought up in the Gorran/Mevagissey area and attended the Roseland School and St. Austell College.  He has been teaching for the last 19 years and qualified from Kent and Exeter Universities.  He has been a Head of Year and Head of House in secondary schools in Cornwall, Devon and Dorset for fourteen years and recently has been teaching history at Treviglas Community College in Newquay.  In 2012 Michael was runner up for the Pearson South West Teacher of the Year award.  Michael loves the outdoors and is Captain of his local Gig Rowing Club.  He spends as much time as possible on his local beaches swimming, rowing and enjoying our beautiful Cornish coast.  He is heavily involved in his local community and is a Parish Councillor and ex Cornwall Councillor.

Gemma Phillips - Family Support Manager


I graduated in 2011 from the University of Plymouth with a BSc (hons) in Criminology and Criminal Justice Studies. I spent a lot of time working with offenders and their familiesduring study for my degree on work placements in Prisons across the South West. I have always been passionate about the maintenance of positive family ties and therefore I conducted a dissertation research project within this field. I have since worked within the Prison Service in Kent, focusing my work on offenders and their families as a Family  Liaison Officer as well as creating educational opportunities for offenders. I set up and launched a successful distance learning project for offenders through the Open University, “The Open Academy” within a Prison. Following this I have worked with children and young people within a secondary school in Kent launching an alternative provision setting. I am passionate about supporting young people and their families and ensuring that everyone has opportunities to be successful. My interests include travelling, cooking, reading, socialising and being active, as well as spending time with my family

Kate Martin - Raising Standards leader - Literacy


Kate has worked in schools in both pastoral and teaching roles for the past ten years, and is passionate about achieving positive outcomes for students in all areas of their education and development. Kate believes that Literacy is key in unlocking potential in all areas and is keen to spread that message! Outside of work, Kate is a keen reader and enjoys writing, having previously written storylines for Coronation Street and Hollyoaks. She particularly enjoys spending time with her family, travelling in their motorhome.

academy info

2013 Restormel Alternative Provision Academy funding agreement (pdf)


Restormel APA OFSTED Short Inspection Report May 2016 (pdf)


Provider Access Policy Restormel AP Academy (pdf)


Restormel PPSG Attendance 2017-18 (pdf)


Restormel APA PPSG Declaration of Interests 2018 (pdf)



Our Curriculum

Our individualised curriculum is designed to enable students to develop a sense of personal responsibility towards learning in collaboration with their teachers and support staff. Progress is monitored carefully and targets are designed to challenge and provide opportunity for progression

Key Stage 3

Students in a Key Stage 3 group will receive a full and varied curriculum which includes:

 • English 

• Maths

 • Science 


 • Art 

• Home Cooking Skills,  

• History,  

• Land-based Studies option 

 PE. Targeted students also have access to a weekly group or 1:1 Counselling Session with a trained counsellor.  

Raising Literacy and daily reading remain a key focus during Key Stage 3 

Most Key Stage 3 students access a six-week Outdoor Education Programme run by Outside Providers, but supported by Restormel staff.

Key Stage 4

Students in Key Stage 4 will be progressing towards various qualifications including: 

  • GCSE English Language
  • English Literature (optional), 
  • Mathematics
  • Science

They will also have the opportunity to study 

  • Functional Skills English and Maths Level 1 and/or 2
  • BTEC Level 1 Land-based Studies
  • Vocational Studies
  • Level 2 Home Cooking Skills
  •  Asdan Certificate of Personal Effectiveness. 

The curriculum at Key Stage 4 is often highly individualized and is enriched with Life skills/PSHE, a variety or PE opportunities, bi-weekly access to our Learning Farm facilities, plus access to a weekly group or 1:1 Counselling Session with a trained counsellor

Restormel APA sample timetable March 2018 (pdf)