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


At Stone Soup, the timetable we offer each student is tailored to their personal interests and abilities. All students study maths and English at GCSE and Functional Skills level, (with Year 10 also studying GCSE Literature) and are then able to choose from a number of additional subjects. In these, they will work towards nationally recognised qualifications. In addition to this, we offer students the opportunity to broaden their experience with a range of short courses and enrichment.

For more information on each course we offer, click on the subject headings under 'Our Courses'. If you would like additional information about the courses and curriculum, please get in touch with the school. 


We offer GCSEs in the following subjects:

  • English Language

  • English Literature

  • Mathematics

  • Art and Design

  • Photography


We offer BTEC Firsts in the following subjects:

  • Sport

  • Creative Media

  • Construction and the Built Environment

Level 1 and 2 courses

We offer the following courses at Levels 1 and/or 2:

  • Music Technology

  • Motor Vehicle Maintenance

  • Construction - Multi skills

  • Catering

Short courses and enrichment

We offer the following courses as short GCSEs, FCSEs, L1 or tasters

  • GCSE RE (short course)

  • FCSE French

  • Animal Care L1

  • Sociology (taster)

  • Rock Band (taster) 

Functional Skills

Functional skills are practical skills in English and Maths. They are a set of qualifications available to all learners aged 14 and above. Having the ability to use English and Maths skills in practical contexts to suit different situations means that Functional Skills underpin every single aspect of learning, work and life. 

What’s more, employers are crying out for workers with sound Functional Skills as they are essential skills that are genuinely in demand. With good Functional Skills our students will have the ability to draw on a bank of transferable skills to help them succeed in all areas of life. 

Each Functional Skills qualification is worth 23 attainment points at Level 2, making Functional Skills at Level 2 the equivalent of a GCSE. Strong English and Mathematics skills are essential in almost every workplace so Functional Skills qualifications are the ideal way to build learners’ work-related skills. 

At the Stone Soup Academy we embed functional skills into the vocational subjects, as well as teaching an hourly session every day. The teaching styles and techniques used engage the learners through practical activities while also relating them to everyday situations or problems they may encounter in the outside world.