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Ofsted Inspection 2019 Penwith

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Penwith judged as Ofsted "Outstanding".  Inspectors highlight the inspirational leadership and the quality of teaching and say the school goes “above and beyond” in supporting its pupils to achieve.  

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Ofsted Inspection 2019 North Cornwall

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North Cornwall doubles in size, moves premises and maintains Ofsted 'Good' status. "This is a remarkable achievement" says CEO Rob Gasson.

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Ofsted Inspection 2019 CHES

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CHES judged as Ofsted "Outstanding".  Inspectors praised the leadership team, "CHES has maintained the outstanding quality of education in the school since the last inspection. There is a belief that there is always more that can be done to enhance the school. For you, good enough is simply not good enough!"

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Wave MAT to open New Adolescent Mental Health Unit

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Sowenna  - a new adolescent mental health unit - opening summer 2019

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Wave MAT Launch 2019

Lisa Mannall - Regional Schools Commissioner for the South West

Regional Schools Commissioner formally launches Cornwall’s outstanding Wave Multi Academy Trust .

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Nine Maidens - Mindfulness Program

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Primary teacher Ceri Skilton has recently graduated to become a Teach .b trainer - a Mindfulness in Schools Program. Learn how Ceri's intervention and training sessions have helped pupils at Nine Maidens Academy.

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Praise for “outstanding” Penwith APA

Penwith Alternative Provision Academy which provides education for pupils who have been excluded from school has been given top marks by Ofsted for continuing to provide an “outstanding” quality of education for all its pupils. Inspectors highlight the inspirational leadership and the quality of teaching and say the school goes “above and beyond” in supporting its pupils to achieve. 


Penwith APA, which is part of the Wave Multi Academy Trust, was inspected by Ofsted Inspectors at the end of January 2019. The report published this week confirms that the same outstanding quality of education has been maintained in the school since the last inspection in 2015. Welcoming the report, Chief Executive of the WAVE MAT Rob Gasson said “Everyone at Wave MAT is delighted that Penwith APA has been found to be Outstanding again in their recent inspection. This reflects the hard work of all the staff and pupils and wider stakeholders. My sincere congratulations go to Principal Clare Barden and her team. “Wave continues to lead the way in high quality alternative provision across the South West which is in part validated by this outcome.”


Inspectors praise the strong partnership working, both with other schools in the MAT and with leaders from local mainstream schools, and with other agencies, and the support provided for staff and students. “Staff feel valued, supported and trusted to do all they can to help pupils do well. They share the same goals and aspirations for pupils.  

“Pupils develop a belief in themselves, an inner confidence and an expectation that they can be successful.  The high number of pupils who return to local schools successfully shows how effective the school’s work is. “


The report also highlights the school’s success in helping pupils to manage their own emotions and to develop ways of coping when things go wrong, with one pupil telling Inspectors “This is the first place that I have been able to talk to teachers.” Parents are also involved in working closely with the school, with one stating “ the school involves us and I couldn’t speak more highly of support for my child.” 


Praise is also given for the way in which the curriculum is shaped to meet the needs of pupils and for the focus on preparing pupils for their lives beyond school, with opportunities to learn in a variety of settings beyond school.  Last year nearly all pupils who left Year 11 remained in successful education or training placements.  

“There are interesting experiences built into pupils’ learning, including opportunities for music, horse riding and surfing.  As a result, pupils can find new areas to fit in. They start to see successes and this motivates them to achieve even more. They make good progress and are well equipped for their return to mainstream.”  


Wave MAT is the largest Alternative Provision MAT in the South West, with six AP Academies based in Cornwall, three AP Academies based in Devon and the Community and Hospital Education Service (CHES) based across three centres in Devon and Cornwall.  The academies based in Cornwall are Caradon (Liskeard); Carrick (Truro); Nine Maidens (Redruth); North Cornwall (Bodmin); Penwith (Penzance); Restormel (St. Austell). The Academies based in Devon are River Dart (Dartington); Stansfield (Exeter) and The Shoreline (Barnstaple). The Community and Hospital Education Service (CHES) is based at Camborne (Cornwall), Tiverton and Paignton (Devon).


Wave is the most successful AP MAT in the country by Ofsted outcome, with two of its academies judged as “Outstanding” and five judged as “Good”. 


Last month Wave was commissioned by Cornwall Council to provide education services for children and young people while they are receiving specialist treatment at Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust’s new child and adolescent mental health unit “Sowenna”  which is currently being built on the Bodmin Hospital Site. 

Penwith Academy OFSTED Report 2019 (pdf)

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Praised for "good" quality of education - North Cornwall APA

The recent Ofsted Inspection carried out in Janaury 2019 has praised the leadership team of the North Cornwall Academy "The leadership team has maintained the good quality of education in the school since the last inspection."  

 

The inspection report also noted the rapid expansion of the school that has now doubled in student numbers. "The move to a new site in refurbished premises in September 2017 allowed the school the opportunity to expand and introduce a primary unit for pupils aged five to 11. Consequently, the number of pupils at the school has almost doubled since the inspection in April 2015."


Rob Gasson, the CEO of WAVE MAT commented "I would like to congratulate Richard and his team for achieving his second finding of Good in a row from Ofsted, as the report acknowledges, we have moved North Cornwall and doubled it in size since its last inspection and as such this is a remarkable achievement."    

 

Ofsted "Outstanding" Community & Hospital Education Service

CHES judged as Ofsted "Outstanding"

In the latest Ofsted report inspectors praised the leadership team and staff at the CHES academy. "CHES has maintained the outstanding quality of education in the school since the last inspection. There is a belief that there is always more that can be done to enhance the school so that it provides the very best for pupils. For you, good enough is simply not good enough!"

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CHES Ofsted Report Jan 2019 (pdf)

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Nine Maidens Case Study - Mindfulness

Primary teacher Ceri Skilton has recently graduated to become a Teach .b trainer - a Mindfulness in Schools Program. Learn how Ceri's intervention and training sessions have helped pupils at Nine Maidens Academy.

Nine Maidens Case Study - Mindfulness Ceri Skilton (pdf)

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Sowenna - a new adolescent mental health unit - opening summer 2019

  

Outstanding Wave Multi Academy Trust to provide education services for new adolescent mental health unit 


Cornwall Council has commissioned Cornwall’s Wave Multi Academy Trust to provide education services for children and young people while they are receiving specialist treatment at Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust’s new child and adolescent mental health unit ‘Sowenna’. Sowenna is currently being built on the Bodmin Hospital site. The new 14 bed unit will provide specialist mental health services for young people up to the age of 18 when it opens in the summer enabling them to be treated closer to their family and friends. 


The new facility includes an education block to enable young people to continue with their education while they are staying in the unit. Announcing that Wave MAT had been commissioned to deliver education services, Dr Barbara Vann, Chair of Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust which is leading the CAMHS project, said “I am delighted that education of great quality will be offered by the Wave Multi AcademyTrust.”


Sally Hawken, Cornwall Council’s portfolio holder for Children Schools and Families said: “This facility is going to be life changing for children and families in Cornwall who have, for so long, been forced to travel to other parts of the country for the care they need.  I am delighted the Wave Multi Academy Trust has been chosen as the education provider because they have a clear track record of delivering outstanding education in a health environment to support the children at Sowenna.” 


Wave MAT currently runs the Community and Hospital Education Service (CHES) at the Royal Cornwall Hospital Treliske, as well as six other Alternative Provision academies across Cornwall and three in Devon. CEO Rob Gasson is delighted the MAT has been commissioned to deliver the education for the new CAMHS unit. “Our well established and strong relationships with schools and the health service in Cornwall means that we are extremely well placed to ensure that the education of the young people using this facility can continue throughout their treatment” he said.  “Our current CHES service has been judged as “outstanding” by Ofsted and we are looking forward to being able to provide the same high quality services for young people at Sowenna.  We are very proud of the quality of education we are providing for young people and this will enable us to ensure that there is a joined up approach to the education of young people in Cornwall who require this form of medical intervention.”


Research shows that an estimated 1 in 10 young people aged between 5 and 16 experience mental health difficulties. While most can be treated and supported within the community, some require a more intensive programme of treatment and care. For children and young people in the South West with severe mental issues this has meant travelling hundreds of miles away from their family and friends to hospitals in Birmingham, Essex, Kent and Cheshire to access specialist psychiatric treatment. The opening of the new unit will mean that young people from Cornwall can be treated closer to home, enabling them to maintain their relationships and friendships. 

Regional Schools Commissioner formally launches Cornwall’s outstanding Wave Multi Academy Trust.


Lisa Mannall, the Regional Schools Commissioner for the South West, formally launched Cornwall’s Wave Multi Academy Trust (MAT) at a special celebration event held at the China Fleet Country Club in Saltash this week. Wave, which changed its name from Acorn Academy Cornwall in July 2018, is recognised by Ofsted as the most successful Alternative Provision MAT in England for providing education for pupils who have been excluded from school. It runs six AP academies in Cornwall, together with the Community and Hospital Education Service (CHES) which provides education for students who are not in school for medical reasons.

Last Summer the Department for Education announced that it was transferring three Devon academies: Central Devon Academy, North Devon Academy and South and West Devon Academy, previously run by Schools Company Trust, to Wave following critical Ofsted reports. The MAT officially took over running of the academies on 1st November 2018. The aim of today’s event, which brought together all staff from each of the 10 AP academies in Cornwall and Devon for the first time, was to celebrate the change of name and formally welcome the three Devon academies into the Wave family.

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