The Richard Barnes Academy is a new school that became part of the Thomas Deacon Educational Trust on 1 May 2020, replacing the Peterborough Pupil Referral Service. The Academy is situated across two campuses, the Fitzwilliam Campus and the Trinity Campus.
The Richard Barnes Academy is an inclusive specialist primary and secondary alternative provision (AP) academy situated in Peterborough, Cambridgeshire.
Our academy supports up to 260 learners who have experienced difficulties with their learning and behaviour in a mainstream setting. All of our learners will be provided with an exciting, balanced education which will be appropriately paced and designed to meet their individual education needs. We are driven by a fully inclusive philosophy and want to empower our learners to become ‘outstanding citizens’ who are able to take their place successfully in the wider community.
A cornerstone of our work is to ensure our learners’ education is personalised to meet their individual needs and is designed to give them the necessary skills to access the next phase of their life. To do this our learners’ are supported by a team of skilled teachers and HLTAs who work closely with them to minimise barriers to learning both in and out of the classroom. Our academic curriculum is complemented by an enrichment programme for learners and an on-site therapeutic service.
Our AP Academy fully supports the reintegration of learners back into mainstream education, further education or employment and works closely with all of our feeder schools to ensure that this takes place and is successful.
The Richard Barnes Academy prides itself on the work that we do with our parents/carers and outside agencies to make sure that our AP Academy is a safe and enjoyable place of learning where our learners are engaged, motivated and encouraged to be the best that they can be.