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The Youth Programme


Ofsted  Registration Number: 2626957

Dfe Registration number: 878/6087

ABT Accreditation Number: 1168


The Youth Programme:- Education for learners aged 14-18 with Social, emotional, mental health and disabilities. 

Priding itself on an alternative pupil centered vocational approach, rather than a mainstream generic system of GCSE’s, our students develop essential skills whilst gaining qualifications within Math’s and English, Hair and Beauty, Professions in animal care specializing in Equine, Creative Art and the study of Early years plus Employability and Leadership.

Centred around the importance of STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths), our chosen sectors play an incredibly important part in the local economy in Cornwall and Devon; and whilst some are regaining the confidence to study within the classroom all students are building the steps to successful study or  employment when they graduate.

Our Youth programme is Ofsted registered and offers education in a nurturing environment for learners aged 14-18yrs with social, emotional, mental health and disabilities. Students will study qualifications from OCN london, the Association of Beauty therapists, Pearson with Edexcel Functional skills plus work experience within the local community that will build the essential careers relationships required for employment.

We recognize that sometimes you may have a child who has differences from their peers – learning may take longer, both academically and socially. Despite their tremendous efforts, results are often a fraction of their peers and social acceptance is much harder, setting them up for frustration. Instead of a fun and fulfilling experience, school or college can become a breeding ground for anxiety and assignments a battle ground both at home and at their provision; This is exhausting for both parents and the child alike.

We will have up to 12 places available in this academic year and we are enrolling now for September 2023. These places are not just accessible with an EHCP but are for students who are in the private, mainstream, and home school sector that may find the traditional education system a challenge. We help to seek funding from county with an EHCP, charity support or self-funded options available. We work closely with our families, County departments and local support groups to review progression, prepare students for their next stage whether it is a mainstream Apprenticeship or local employment or help them to choose which course they would like to experience next.

At the CA we pride ourselves on promoting STEM (science, technology, engineering and math’s) on all our courses. Stem is important because it pervades every part of our lives especially in the study of Hair and Beauty. Making STEM fun and interesting helps the student to do much more than learn, it fosters ingenuity, creativity and experimentation and encourages problem solving. All skills which our students can take through life, thus making contextualized learning being the fundamental basis for all activities here at the CA.

There will be ongoing consideration of learning styles and matching of delivery methods throughout and it is understood that some theoretical topics will not meet the needs of every group member during some sessions. with this in mind, study support and differentiation will be used to support their EDI (equality, diversity and inclusivity) and ELM (every learner matters): Numeracy and Literacy will also be contextualised and embedded into the programme wherever and whenever possible.


Family Support and community liason. 

At the academy we know the importance of family support and community liaison. We supports our families social, emotional and mental health well-being and stress management reducing social poverty for our learners. We set up and manage employability and supported local area work experience, this opening up opportunities for students supporting their curriculum.

All welfare staff participate in student timetables, support teaching and learning and develop assessment strategies for Key students where the link is required. We interact with all students and staff at the Academy and give support where required planning activities for sessions using professional knowledge and expertise.


Course Curriculum

Students have many different and complex needs, and at The Copper Academy we have designed a programme of education enabling our students to gain vital qualifications for progression.

These qualifications will help to extend the confidence to work well with others and organise simple tasks and assignments with a positive attitude. Students will attend 4 days per week for a tailored 36-week academic year programme. Each individual place open for up to 4 academic years, funding being required for each year.

The courses will include various teaching and learning strategies including theory workshops, workbooks, learning games, mood boards, group discussions/work, practical demonstrations, and peer observation as well as practical sessions on a manikin head, developing to real model case studies and supported work experience where able.

Hair and Beauty Certificates.


Numeracy and Literacy at The Youth Programme.

Our objective at The Copper Academy is to provide a focus for learning the essential skills of Numeracy and Literacy within a functional context. Each student will study a comprehensive programme differentiated to their individual needs.

Entry level 1-3  Handwritten communication in English.

Entry level 1-3  Making calculations in Numeracy. 

These posters were created by one of our students to demonstrate knowledge and we are proudly displaying them in our Classroom for all to see.

Speech and Language therapy.

The Art of conversation, clarity of speech and knowing when and how to communicate to be understood are essential skills for life. We work closely with outside agencies to promote communication, speech and language for all our learners, this in turn enhancing inclusivity. Staff receive regular training to develop their skills and all students who need support in this area have individual and group SALT sessions where guidance, activities and targets are set for key staff, this enabling maximum growth for our students. We promote the use of Makaton Sign for all students within the academy where required.

National framework for Lifeskills and PSHE

Helping our students to develop a positive sense of themselves, of others and their community is vital for a happy life.  We work hard to encourage our learners to form positive relationships and develop respect for others;  To develop social skills and learn how to manage their feelings;  To understand appropriate behaviour in groups and to have confidence in their own abilities; To provide them with simple life skills including work experience whilst guiding them to make sense of their physical world and community, through opportunities to explore, observe and find out about people, places, technology and the environment. These skills paramount in every student’s journey to independence and employment. We will learn about LGBTQ, Black history, first aid , healthy eating and growing food, plus inspirational women and men from history.

Supported Work experience 


Entry level 2 Award in Animal care, horse riding and the Natural world.

At the Academy we know the importance of physical and holistic education for our learners, and with this in mind we are incredibly lucky to successfully link with Broomhill riding school, to offer our students the opportunity to study their Entry level 2 Qualification in Environment and Animal care.

This includes the opportunity to be a groom for the day, learning everything about the health and welfare of caring for a Horse including mucking out, grooming, tacking up, and carry out health checks. Each student then get to ride each week developing dexterity, strength and co-ordination. These sessions are differentiated for each individual SEND and help to promote mental health wellbeing.

Humanities and our local environment.

An important part of the national framework for Ofsted is the learning of Humanities and these are an integral part of learning at the academy. Designed at with the development into adulthood at the heart. This creative curriculum enhances everything we do. We learn about where we live and what are the key factors within it; About recycling, global warming, climate change and the impact of this on the local environment; How to grow plants for food in our raised beds and how morals and values impact a healthy life. We study topic based sessions abpout the skills of being a Historian, the inportance of Black history month, being an Art historian, and the history of countries around the world.

Expressive Art and Design

We involve our students in exploring and creating assignments with a wide range of media and materials, as well as providing opportunities for them to share their thoughts, ideas, and feelings through classroom activities. Creative Art is another positive way of developing dexterity, fine motor skills, Numeracy, communication, and language.



Disrespectful or aggressive behavior will not be tolerated towards staff, students and support workers attending the programme.

For more information see our Behaviour policy and Anti-bullying policies

Anti Bullying Policy

Behaviour Policy


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Application process
If you have and questions about the course please contact Emma Hosie.

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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