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Nottingham Academy

Alternative Provision

Alternative Provision is a specific support base for those students who struggle to maintain their place within the mainstream Academy setting, despite a range of interventions or due to a significant, serious one-off incident.  This is predominantly a Key Sage 4 provision.

Nottingham Academy’s in-house provision provides an appropriate, accessible and relevant curriculum for this group of students.  The key focus is to ensure students follow an individualised pathway, to achieve success.

The ethos of the provision is “be the best you can be”.  This is recognised through all aspects of the curriculum, whether in the core subjects, vocational options or within the personal development and employability elements of the student’s timetable.

The purpose of our in-house AP curriculum is to achieve academic success, with an emphasis on attaining GCSE English and Maths; alongside a range of vocational subjects which can be studied at level 1 or level 2.  These include OCR National Sports, OCR Health and Social Care, V-Cert Food and Cookery and a range of other options.  This is supported by a comprehensive PSHE/tutorial programme which aids the personal development of students, including the opportunity to take part in the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme. 

This year, an exciting partnership with ‘Think Forward’ also adds a new dimension to the AP offer.  This programme aims to improve our students with regard to their work ready capabilities and will offer a range of work related and employability activities. Every student will have a regular 1:1 tutorial with a dedicated coach to assist their academic, social and emotional progress. 

Curriculum Offer

GCSE Maths, GCSE English, GCSE Psychology, AQA PSHE, Employability Studies, Duke of Edinburgh Award, ELC Science, ELC History, 1:1 tutorial and Vocational Options:


  • Sports
  • Art
  • Music Technology
  • Construction
  • Catering
  • Health and Social Care


During their time within us, students will always be encouraged to reflect on their actions and develop their ability to self-regulate, in order to improve their attainment, behaviour and attendance at Alternative Provision. This may mean a return to mainstream provision is an option if appropriate.  We expect high levels of engagement, progress and achievement from our students.  Students are supported through a range of opportunities, to build their self-confidence, self-esteem and leadership traits so that they leave with qualifications and skills that lead to positive post 16 destinations and ensure that the students are employable in the future.  This approach requires individualised and intensive support, with a well-constructed behaviour support plan designed to provide positive behaviour, regular attendance and a sense of achievement.