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About us

Set up by experienced Educator and Hairdresser Emma Hosie. The Copper Academy is a Dfe Specialist Independent School in Holsworthy, Devon, that has a passion for education for all. As one of the largest local creative employers and centred around the importance of STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths), the sectors of Hair and Beauty, Tourism, Catering and Animal care play an incredibly important part in the local economy in Cornwall and Devon.

The Copper Academy is 3 fold and includes:

The Youth Programme.

Our Youth programme is Ofsted registered and fully accredited by ABT, offering education in a nurturing environment for learners, aged 14-18yrs,  with social, emotional, mental health and disabilities. Students will study qualifications in Hair and Beauty, Numeracy, Literacy, Catering, Hospitality and Tourism, plus Animal welfare and Horse riding.

Industry Education.

These fully accredited interactive courses will give you the confidence to develop your career, or to start a journey into the industry which is both rewarding and exciting to be part of. You can study within a group, individually at the academy or within your salon environment.

Salon Services.

At the academy we have a progressive salon offering Hair and Nail services by qualified industry professionals. These services can be booked directly from the webpage for ease.


Meet the team

Emma Hosie

Academy owner, Team Lead and resident hairdresser, University level 5 Teaching Graduate, level 4 SEN specialist, Safeguarding officer,  Mago Master Trainer, Hair Extensionist and level 3 salon Hairdresser with over 20 years experience. Emma is both progressive and passionate about everything hair and beauty.

Poppy Quartermain-winser

Assistant team lead, level 4 Teaching Assistant, SEN specialist and First Aider. Poppy has been working in the education system for over 5 years and teaches on our Youth programme here at The Copper Academy.

Poppy is also a qualified Nail tech, Makeup artist, skin specialist and Hair stylist specialising in Bridal work and Hair extensions.

Sarah Stroud

Sarah is our Family support and community liason. She is passionate about student welfare, employability and social care.

Sarah holds her level 3 dyslexia screening certificate, diploma in dyslexia therapies. Level 3 anxiety and confidence within children, open university childhood attachments, understanding depression and anxiety, emotional disorders, childhood trauma, autism champion training. Open university Child psychology certificate.


Sarah May

Sarah is a qualified Beauty Therapist and will be championing Nail Technologies at The Copper Academy. Sarah has a bubbly personality and will support students within the academy to achieve their full potential.

Sarah is a level 2 qualified Teaching assistant and holds her safeguarding and First aid  qualifications.

Sarah Woodhams

Sarah Woodhams is one of our very talented  Youth Programme’s student support team, having worked for more than 10 years in post 16 education.  Sarah holds her level 2 cert in mental health, level 2 understanding behavior that challenges, level 3 award in support learning, cert in food and beverage and  English specialism.

Jacky Rhodes

With a warm and caring nature Jacky joins our student support bank team. Jacky will specialise in our lifeskills and PSHE curriculum and is experienced with supporting employability skills having worked in many industry’s at a high level.

Jacky is first aid and safeguarding trained.

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Contact us

Proprietor: Emma Hosie 

Contact address and number.

The Copper Academy
The Holsworthy Business and Training Centre
Western Road
EX22 6DH

Tel: 07779768661


Governors at The Copper Academy

Head Governor: Mrs Annie Little