About us

The Courtyard AP Academy supports up to 16 learners who experience difficulties with their learning and behaviour in mainstream school. 8 of the places are for learners with an EHC and 8 for learners who are either at risk of being permanently excluded or have been permanently excluded. The great majority of learners have a history of disruptive education in mainstream schools with frequent fixed term exclusions.

We follow the national curriculum and our learners have a range of extracurricular activities to enhance their learning. We pride ourselves on working within the Behaviour for Learning framework which enables learners to develop the skills they need to be engaged, motivated and successful. The framework is based on the relationship with self, others and curriculum and promotes positive learning behaviours in and outside the classroom.


We are proud that our learners develop a ‘love for learning’ and that accelerated progress is supported through a personalised curriculum which raises aspirations for all.

We have highly trained and experienced staff who work effectively to provide a personalised curriculum which meets the needs of all our learners. Achievement, teaching and behaviour is outstanding and all our learners learn extremely well and make excellent progress. The Courtyard works closely with primary schools so that wherever possible learners can return to mainstream school. We have a strong partnership with parents and carers to provide a safe, successful and enjoyable place where learners gain the skills and confidence for success Proud to be part of TBAP Multi-Academy Trust.


About our team

We have a highly trained and experienced team who work effectively to provide a personalised curriculum which meets the needs of all our learners. Staff support learners in all aspects of their school life and help them to make strong progress. Staff are dedicated to improving life chances and developing a ‘love for learning’ for all.

Team Member

Krishna Purbhoo

Executive Headteacher

Krishna Purbhoo has worked extensively in settings for pupils excluded or unable to attend mainstream school because of their social, emotional or mental health needs. 
Working in education for over 20 years Krishna is now Executive Headteacher for TBAP West.

Team Member

Nia Saunders

Head of School

Nia has worked for TBAP for 7 years. Having completed her NQT year at a special school, she moved in to a large outstanding mainstream school where she led on assessment. Her career at TBAP began as a Specialist Classroom Teacher and later Lead Teacher before becoming Head of School in September 2016. Nia leads on Behaviour for Learning across the Trust.

Team Member

Daniela Caton

Lead Teacher

Daniela has been part of the TBAP team for 4 years. Previously a mainstream teacher, she transitioned in to AP where she became a Specialist Teacher. In September 2016, Daniela became Lead Teacher and takes responsibility for teaching and learning and assessment across the provision.

Team Member

Joshua McKoy

Teacher

Having previously worked in alternative provisions, Josh joined the TBAP trust as a Learning Support Professional before gaining his teaching qualification and becoming a Specialist Classroom Teacher. He has been with TBAP for 2 years and is currently the lead on pupil voice and in particular, CAPA Pupil Parliament.

Team Member

Faye Peckham

Teacher

Faye, having previous experience in alternative provision, joined the team 2 years ago. She is a Specialist Teacher who successfully leads on Votes for Schools across the Courtyard, which promotes British Values and provides learners with the opportunity to learn about the world around them.



Team Member

Angela Stewart

Teacher

Angela has worked across various sites within TBAP over the last 8 years. She currently teachers 3 days a week at the Courtyard and leads on art and enterprise. Angela’s approach to teaching is highly creative and engages learners well.

Team Member

Andrew Wynter

Learning Support Professional

Andrew has recently joined the TBAP team as a Learning Support Professional. He skilfully supports learners and helps to develop their motivation and a love for learning.

Team Member

Verity Blakeman

Art Therapist

Verity, our Art Therapist, has been part of the team for 2 years. Therapy provision helps to support children's emotional wellbeing so that they are more able to engage in learning and access the curriculum successfully.

Team Member

Rae Casoria

Business Support Professional

Rae, our Business Support Professional, jointed team TBAP 2 years ago. She has a wealth of experience and has worked across TBAP provisions.

Team Member

Kial John Lewis

Learning Support Professional

Kial has been part of the TBAP team for 6 years. In that time, he has become a Team Teach trainer and has led training across the Trust. Kial works highly effectively with learners to build resilience and to develop a love for learning.

Team Member

Luwam Arefaine

Learning Support Professional

Luwam joined TBAP 6 years ago as a Learning Support Professional. She takes responsibility for star of the week and supports learners with their phonics. Luwam has oversight of the Rites of Passage programme, which aims to enrich learner’s life experiences.

Team Member

Corinne Hirons

Learning Support Professional

Corinne, our lead LSP, has 15 years’ experience. She has successfully developed and led on the Behaviour for Learning curriculum across the Courtyard which has had a significant impact on learner outcomes. Corinne also takes the lead on attendance and punctuality and is dedicated to supporting learners and families.

Team Member

Ross Williams

Learning Support Professional

Ross joined team TBAP a year ago as a Learning Support Professional. He leads on SMSC across the Courtyard and successfully supports learners with their phonics.

 

For more information contact:
Head of School
Executive Headteacher