Frequently Asked Questions
How can you apply for Year 7 places for September 2023?
Applications are made via Staffordshire Schools Admissions Service via their website. If you live outside of Staffordshire you will need to apply through your Local Authority.
What range of subjects will be offered?
At KS3 (years 7-9) pupils will all study a broad range of subjects, this includes English, maths, science, geography, RE, PE, technology (including IT), creative studies and environmental studies. Environmental studies includes aspects of forest schools, agriculture and animal care as well as more traditional environmental science and sustainability.
At KS4 (years 10-11) pupils will complete a mixture of GCSE and vocational courses, this will include GCSEs in English, maths, science and geography, a BTEC in Enterprise and some optional subjects, this includes one land based option that they will study at South Staffordshire College.
Does the school operate within the Secondary or Primary model?
We are a normal secondary school with a familiar model with pupils moving to subject specialists for each lesson. As our site is small with only two buildings pupils will often not need to move far between lessons and will quickly learn their way around the school.
Secondary Model = Pupils moving around to different teachers and classes.
Primary Model = Pupils are with their class teacher for the majority of lessons.
Is there a school bus service ?
Yes, Penk Valley Academy Trust operate a school bus service to local towns and villages. The area covered is shown on the map below. To find out more, or express an interest, please get in touch with the office.
How do you support children with SEN?
Support for pupils with SEN is offered on an individual basis, all pupils are allocated a key worker and will have termly reviews with them. We offer TA support in class as well as a range of interventions from emotional literacy to reading and numeracy. We also work with external agencies such as Autism Outreach, physiotherapists and occupational therapy.