As a brand new Academy, Purple Oaks opened in Kingsthorpe, Northampton, sponsored by the Greenwood Academies Trust (GAT).
A major capital building programme costing £5m was secured to provide a state of the art building and facilities for students and staff. The new building was completed in December 2017 and the academy moved in on the 3rd January 2018.
Purple Oaks Academy will provide 100 places for students with a diagnosis of autism and/or Severe Learning Difficulties with an Education and Health Care Plan (EHCP) naming Purple Oaks Academy as the appropriate provision.
The academy caters for a wide range of abilities, from students who are able to function academically at their chronological age level or above, to those who are working at P levels.
Purple Oaks Academy welcomed 30 students who had been educated within the Designated Specialist Provision (DSP) of Green Oaks Primary Academy.
The new academy provided education for 50 students from Reception to Year 7 in the first year, growing to full capacity of 100 students from Reception to Year 13 by 2022.
About the Sponsor
This Academy is sponsored by the Greenwood Academies Trust which was formed in 2009 and now educates approximately 16,000 pupils across eight local authority areas including Nottingham City, Nottinghamshire, Northamptonshire, Peterborough, Lincolnshire and Central Bedfordshire.
The GAT is a not for profit charitable trust sponsoring and actively supporting 34 Academies.
Governance of the academy will be the responsibility of the Greenwood Academies Trust (GAT).
The GAT provides central support for all aspects of education, HR, finance, Health and Safety, site management and maintenance, procurement, IT and media engagement thereby freeing the Principal and the staff to concentrate on the day to day business of the school.
The GAT believes that all our students will achieve high levels of success.
The GAT provides educational experience and expertise. The Trust also has considerable experience in designing and managing new Academy buildings having managed 7 new builds and £170m capital funding.
The GAT is led by educationalists who have significant experience in a wide range of Academies. The Chief Executive is Wayne Norrie. Wayne has been an outstanding Primary Head Teacher and was a senior HMI with Ofsted.
Wayne takes the professional lead on all the GAT’s work and leads the work on all new projects, utilising the expertise from the central team.