I am delighted to welcome you to The Peak Academy.
The education we provide is guided by values of respect, trust, humility, and excellence. These values are particularly important to us as we develop the pupils into lifelong learners and prepare them for a life beyond school.
We are an 11-16, specialist academy where everyone, staff and pupils, strives to be the best they can be. Our aim is simple - unlock potential. We are proud of our warm and welcoming community in which everyone participates to make a positive contribution. We support young pupils from across Gloucestershire and neighbouring counties with social, emotional, and mental health needs.
As a father, I am acutely aware of the increasing importance of education in today’s world and the role that teachers have to play in developing our children so that they are fully equipped to make a positive contribution to society.
Expectations and aspirations are high at The Peak Academy. We are committed to developing the young people in our care so that children of all abilities, backgrounds, and cultures can flourish and realise their potential in a happy, caring environment.
I enormously value the links between the academy and home, and believe success is built on strong partnerships between parents/carers and ourselves. My door is always open, and prospective or existing parents/carers are very welcome to visit the Academy. I look forward to meeting you.
My name is Ashton and I am proud to have been elected as this year's Head Pupil at The Peak Academy.
I am in Year 10 and have been a pupil at The Peak Academy for 4 years.
I have enjoyed my time at the school immensely and prior to being elected as Head Pupil I have played an important role on the Pupil Council for 2 years. I have been both a Tutor Group Representative and the Science Curriculum Lead.
I was elected Deputy Head Pupil last year so I feel I am experienced in taking on a role of such responsibility.
I enjoy being a pupil at The Peak Academy because the staff at the school all know every pupil so well and help them to achieve to their best ability. We are a very strong and caring community.
The staff ensure we work hard in lessons but The peak Academy also provides many opportunities for rewards. There are a range of Outdoor activities such as a residential trip to Wales in the Summer and Outdoor Education throughout the year.
My favourite subjects are: Science, Maths and Food Technology. The teachers are kind, make the lessons fun and show you how to do things properly.
Our days are always well organised and have clear routines so we always know what we are doing. This means we are well prepared for learning.
I think I may like to join the Army when I leave so the discipline in the school has given me a good grounding for future success in this area and I have become very fit since I first joined the school!
I am very much looking forward to being the Head Pupil of The Peak Academy.
My name is Jordan and I am in year 11. I feel honoured and proud to have been elected head pupil at a school which has helped me so much.
The Peak Academy is a school that supports every pupil to achieve the very best they can, not only academically but also socially and emotionally.
My class is called Nevis, named after the mountain Ben Nevis. It’s a great name because it represents our ‘climb to success’. This is what being at The Peak Academy is all about for us; it’s our chance to grow and develop to achieve all we aspire to.
I have been at The Peak Academy for four years and have made great strides in my personal achievements. Academically, I have been well taught and supported throughout my time. I have already achieved a number of qualifications and have even been able to take my GCSE in maths early! I really enjoy maths, but I also enjoy practical lessons such as art and design technology. I value the way the staff enable us to feel independent while supporting the quality of our assignments — this is great preparation for my future at college.
I think it is impressive that pupil at The Peak Academy are encouraged to take part in extracurricular activities. This is to help us to develop our confidence, motivation. and communication, decision-making, and team-building skills.
Personally, I felt a real sense of achievement when I took part in the Riverman Challenge and also when I walked to the top of Pen y Fan, which happened to be on my birthday.
I am extremely proud to be a pupil at The Peak Academy and I will miss it when I go.
Meet Topsy and Turvy
We are The Peak dogs and we live here on-site.
If you have an allergy to dogs, please inform us before your visit and be sure to tell reception on arrival.
We are used for therapeutic activities. We help the children stay calm and relaxed and also support literacy as we like being read to. The fact that we won’t laugh or criticise if they’re struggling is really important. Research has shown that children who read to listening dogs show an increase in reading levels and word recognition, a higher desire to read and write, and an increase in interpersonal skills.
The pupils also enjoy taking us out at break time and sometimes we go on adventures with them too.
At the heart of The White Horse Federation is a belief in using collaboration to provide a first-class education to a wide range of children. This means that every child understands what they are capable of, and can collectively strive for excellence.
Following the Government announcements, we've taken the decision to close the school until further notice. We appreciate this is a difficult time for everyone as we all make personal sacrifices for the greater good of the nation. Where possible, we've tried to contact parents and carers who registered as Key Workers, those with vulnerable children, or who collect Free School Meals. If we have not managed to contact you, here is some further information:
Children of Key Workers
If you need support with childcare because both parents of the child(ren) are critical key workers, then we will do our best to support you while you're on the frontline. This school is now closed, however, we have designated schools within the White Horse Federation that are still operating as hubs. We will organise childcare for your child(ren) at one of these locations. Please contact one of the White Horse Federation Coordinators using the chat facility on the website. You can launch this by clicking the ? in the bottom left of the screen.
Children who are Vulnerable
The White Horse Federation has deemed vulnerable children to be those without adequate care or protection at home or with significant health needs. Given the current Government guidance at this point in time, we deem the safest place to be at the parent's or carer's home. If you believe this is not the case for your child(ren), then please contact one of the White Horse Federation Coordinators using the chat facility on the website. You can launch this by clicking the ? in the bottom left of the screen.
Children who collect Free School Meals
We are making every effort to ensure children who collect Free School Meals have access to food. To that effect we will be supplying parents and carers of children who collect Free School Meals with vouchers to cover the cost of 20 days’ worth of lunches from Tuesday 24th March through to Monday 4th May. The vouchers are ordered and we are currently awaiting receipt of them before the end of the week. We have contact details of those who are registered as receiving Free School Meals and will contact you directly. If you're concerned that we don't have your details, then please contact one of the White Horse Federation Coordinators using the chat facility on the website. You can launch this by clicking the ? in the bottom left of the screen.
We will endeavour to continue the learning for all our children despite these setbacks. You should know that the teaching staff at your school have worked tirelessly both day and night to manage this situation to the best of our ability. Our nation is triumphant against adversity, and we have every confidence we will return to our normal lives as soon as possible. Please take care of yourself and loved ones while we all work through this together.