At Kassia Academy, we support children between the ages of 11-16 years. The name of the academy represents the “healing tree” and as such we have three centres at our academy. These are Willows, Oaks and Redwood.
Each centre provides personalised provision for learners, schools and families designed to enable reintegration into mainstream education via specialist social/emotional support. We use a variety of therapeutic approaches to re-engage our learners with education. Pastoral care is integral to our provision and every learner has access to a learning mentor with 1:1 pastoral support. If a learner is unable to return to a mainstream setting, we will support them in identifying a qualification pathway within our school or another specialist setting, including post 16 opportunities.
Our Willows Centre offers a small nurturing environment to our more vulnerable KS3 and KS4 learners. Offering a broad and balanced curriculum, it is the vision of the Willows team to provide vulnerable learners a quiet and calming environment where they can access therapeutic support and pastoral care to help them in re-engage with their learning.
Oaks Centre consists of two classes with up to 10 learners in each class. Learners in this centre range from year 7 to year 9 and placements can vary from short term 12 week placements to longer placements to support learners whilst going through the Education Health Care Plan process. Learners enjoy a broad and balanced curriculum alongside a wide variety of extra-curricular activities and community projects. Pastoral care and therapeutic support are woven throughout our curriculum and all learners have 1:1 access to our learning mentors and external agency support.
Redwood is our KS4 provision and consists of two classes of up to 12 learners. Learners in Redwood join us at varying times throughout the year and whilst the majority of these learners complete their education with us some are only with us for a short- term placement and with support re-integrate back to their mainstream school. Again, learners in Redwood study a broad and balanced curriculum alongside a wide range of extra-curricular activities. Pastoral care and therapeutic support are embedded in the day-to-day delivery of our curriculum with all learners having full access to the support they need to re-engage in their education and achieve their qualifications.
In school, we follow a range of national curriculum subjects and our learners also experience extracurricular activities to enhance their learning.
Our aim is to provide support and encouragement to all our learners enabling them to have a positive approach to life and gain the following skills to become successful, lifelong learners and successful citizens;
H - High Standards
E - Empathy
R - Resilience
E - Emotional Response
We follow a range of National Curriculum subjects including GCSE and vocational qualifications along with a wide range of extra-curricular activities to enhance their life experiences, improve learner's confidence and promote a love of learning.
The success of our provision is testament to the hard work and dedication of our specially trained staff team and the support of our partners in Warrington and the North West. We have worked hard to develop a high-quality school which is designed to be flexible and adaptable and meet the needs of all of our children.