About Stone Soup Academy

You will find key information regarding our admission arrangements, our history and ethos and links to key documentation.

Studying at Stone Soup Academy

Information on our courses, what our students can expect, what we expect in return.

Introduction from the Principal

Introduction from the Principal summarising the core principles of the school and our journey so far

Compliance Items

"This is an Outstanding school."

Stone Soup Academy was rated as ‘Outstanding’ in its most recent Ofsted inspection.

You can view the full report here, or find it on the Ofsted website here.



Admissions (for further information on admissions arrangements, please see our Admissions page)


Behaviour (including our anti-bullying policy)


Equal Opportunities for Students

Safeguarding (If you would like to raise any safeguarding concerns, please email safeguarding@stonesoupacademy.org.uk)

Complaints Policy for Students, Parents and Carers

Values and Ethos 

Please see Our Mission in conjunction with the Equal Opportunities for Students and Behaviour Policies.

Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND)

At the Stone Soup Academy we focus on supporting students with SEND through a range of support, interventions and differentiation. For more information, please see our SEND Policy and SEN Report 2017/18

Equality Objectives 

Please see Our Mission in conjunction with the Equal Opportunities for Students Policy.

Accessibility Plan for Disabled Pupils

Our site is wheelchair friendly, with ramps and a lift to ensure anyone with challenges to mobility is able to access the facilities. With individually tailored learning plans, every student has the opportunity to participate without restriction and staff are constantly available to students to address any concerns or worries. We are committed to maximising the engagement of every student.

Please also see the Equal Opportunities for Students policy.

Charging and Remissions

We do not require payment from parents/carers for any aspect of the services we provide. Lunch, trips and activities are all provided at no cost to parents.

Pupil Premium

The pupil premium is additional funding for publicly funded schools in England to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils of all abilities and to close the gaps between them and their peers.

Stone Soup Academy only receives funding for students who are on single roll with us; referring schools use their Pupil Premium Funding to send students to our academy and as such the funding is used to provide personalised education for the students in that way. We do not receive this PPF directly and assume that it makes up part of the commissioning fees to the Stone Soup Academy.

The PPF that we do receive directly, along with the commissioning fees, are used to personalise learning through incentives, specialist tutors, college days and other similar items. This has helped students improve their attainment and ensure that disadvantaged students do not experience barriers to their learning and development. We have also invested this into establishing a healthy eating programme at the school, ensuring the students have access to and knowledge about better nutrition.


Please find information relating to our curriculum under Our Courses.


Our careers and employability programme gives students opportunities to develop transferable skills, ensuring that they are fully supported to make informed choices about the next stage in their education, employment or training and also making use of expertise from other organisations such as Futures.

Our aim for all of our young people is that they go on to lead happy, successful and fulfilling careers in the future.  Pupils receive advice and guidance to help inspire them towards further study and enable them to make informed decisions whenever choices are open to them.  We are committed to ensuring our provision of careers and employability education meets the requirements of the Gatsby Benchmarks.


Careers Offer for Year 10 and 11 Students

100% of students receive advice and guidance interviews from Jordan who has a Level 6 Diploma in Careers Guidance and Development.

95% of students last year received conditional offers from their desired destination.

Year 10:

  • Visits to local Universities/Colleges (Nottingham Trent) and making use of our extensive connections to bring professional into the Academy.
  • World Skills Day apprenticeship Fair.

Year 11:

  • The Academy ensures that all Year 11 students can access the Futures website, which contains a large list of all the local employers who will take work experience placements and who have already been health and safety tested.
  • World Skills Day Apprenticeship Fair
  • Mock Interview Day
  • Taster Days and College Visits
  • One on One advice and guidance meetings


Students can access work experience opportunities with this login through the Futures website:


Feedback from Companies regarding our students

We have 5 students attend work experience at HMRC this year and they really excelled.  Two students have been asked to go back as a representation to show how beneficial work experience can be.

Success Measures

We measure the success of the careers programme through percentage of students in work, employment or training. In 2016/17 we had 94% of students either in education, work or training and in 2017/18 this increased to 96%.

Our Careers information can be accessed through our Careers Leader Jordan Senior and Jordan can be contacted via email: jsenior@stonesoupacademy.org.uk or via telephone on 0115 8221834.

We review the careers programme annually.

Exam and Assessment Results

Stone Soup Academy focuses on engagement with education and reintegration with schools. The average time a student is with us is 28 weeks, and the courses offered to students reflect that. With this in mind, we offer GCSEs and GCSE equivalents in-line with the time a student will be with us, their starting point and alignment with the referring school’s needs.

We do not take KS2 or KS3 students. We are not on national performance tables as we do not have students for the whole of their academic career. However, please click here to see the achievements of pupils in alternative provision and our stats.

Analysis data 2017-2018 


Analysis of Year 11 Outcomes





Number of Year 11 Students




% of students who achieved Grade 4 or above in GCSEs or equivalent in 5 or more subjects




% of students who achieved Grade 4 or above in both GCSE English and Maths




5 or more GCSEs or equivalents at level 2




1 GCSE 4-9 or Equivalent (level 2)




% of students who achieved accreditation at any level




% of students who achieved a GCSE in English and Maths at any grade



% of Students who achieved a Grade 4 or above in GCSE English



% of Students who achieved a Grade 4 or above in GCSE Maths



% of students who achieved a level 1 or above in English and Maths



% of students who achieved 9 qualifications including English and Maths at any level



% of students who achieved 8+ qualifications including English and Maths at any level



% of students who achieved 7+ qualifications including English and Maths at any level



% of students who achieved 6+ qualifications including English and Maths at any level



% of students who achieved 5+ qualifications including English and Maths at any level



% of students who achieved 4+ qualifications including English and Maths at any level



% of students who achieved 3+ qualifications including English and Maths at any level



% of students who achieved 2+ qualifications including English and Maths at any level



% of students who achieved a pass in any qualification




% of students achieving the EBACC




% of students staying in education, work or training




Stone Soup Academy Annual Returns 2018

Stone Soup Academy Funding Agreement

Memorandum and Articles of Association

Governors' Information and Duties

Chair of Governors: Aftab Hussain

Governors: Bethany Adams, Colin Bradley, Tina Byrom, Daniel Hanson, Kerrie Henton 

Please refer to the Governance page for further details regarding the governing body.

If you require any copies of the information above, please contact the school directly and these will be provided free of charge. Any enquiries should be addressed to the Principal, Kerrie Henton.