Welcome

I am immensely proud to welcome you to Young People’s Academy, where we ‘triumph with perseverance’ and take PRIDE in everything we do. The staff and students here reflect together to establish what is working well and how to move forwards. We aim to instil a solution focused thinking approach via a varied, practical curriculum that enables students to express themselves whilst developing their many skills. We recognise that we are all very different, but together, with parents and other stakeholders, we can achieve so much more.

Ms Laurie Cornwell - Executive Principal


We aim for our young people to lead a happy and holistically prosperous life by developing the skills for them to move successfully along their life journeys. This includes academic outcomes that reflects the best of their abilities, being able to sustain relationships and employment and maintaining healthy households.


YPA has a good understanding and built a rapport with my son. He has been happy and well cared for to the point where he has met his full potential and thrived. The right balance and structure has provided for my son’s complex needs. Thank you for your continuous support.  Parent

Latest News

Innovating Minds Social Impact Report

Innovating Minds have released their annual Social Impact Report. It shows what great work they have been doing with Young People’s Academy and The Skills Hub. Click here to read the full report – please see page 5 for Young People’s Academy. …

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Finalists for Educational Resources Awards!

Innovating Minds, an award winning social enterprise that is passionate about providing accessible psychological support for young people in education, training and employment to foster emotional wellbeing and resiliency, have been working alongside Young People’s Academy and The Skills Hub …

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£10K awarded to YPA for Youth Mental Health project

£10K awarded to YPA for Youth Mental Health project The Young People’s Academy has been awarded a grant from the National Lottery to run a training and awareness project for Youth Mental Health support. At YPA and across the Trust …

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Christmas card competition winner!

Christmas card competition winner! Orchard Hill College and Academy Trust were delighted to receive 58 entries for the annual Christmas Card Competition, what talented and creative pupils and students we have! The designs filled us with Christmas cheer, so much so, …

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