Welcome to Kickstart Academy

Kickstart Academy is a Key Stage 4 Secondary School (PRU) based at Tan Bank. We provide learning programmes for 48 pupils who are referred from within the Telford and Wrekin area.

This referral takes place through the well-established Fair Access Process (FAP), due to behaviour concerns or being at risk of permanent exclusion or those that are permanently excluded from school.

We pride ourselves in supporting learners with a wide range of difficulties, with the intention of them returning to mainstream education. Where this is not viable, students remain with ourselves and we look to achieve the best possible outcomes for our young people.

Our ethos at Kickstart Academy is for students to learn and develop as a young person in the most positive way possible, we pride ourselves on giving students the opportunity to better themselves.

For general enquiries from parents/carers and the public, contact Kaylie-Marie Law (School Administrator) on 01952 642402 or email kaylie-marie.law@telfordcollege.ac.uk

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”
Nelson Mandela

Kickstart Academy is committed to providing a safe, caring and stimulating environment for all students. We hold high expectations for behaviour, attendance and punctuality. We encourage students to always be the best version of themselves and inspire them to succeed within and beyond the classroom.
Mrs Emma Rennie-Gibbons – Kickstart Headteacher

School Vision

Kickstart Academy is committed to creating an environment where exemplary attitudes, behaviour and pastoral care are at the heart of productive learning. Our partnership approach aims to build community cohesion and positive relationships within the school, the local area and alternative provisions.

Our Aims

  • To create a culture of exceptionally good behaviour: READY for learning, READY for community, READY for life
  • To ensure that all are treated fairly, are shown RESPECT and promote good relationships to build a community which values kindness, care, good humour, good temper, and empathy for others
  • To help learners behave in a SAFE way, taking control over their behaviour and to be responsible for the consequences of it
  • To help reduce the likelihood of behavioural issues related to social, emotional or mental health (SEMH), we will create a safe and calm environment in which positive mental health and wellbeing are promoted and students are taught to be resilient. We will promote resilience as part of a whole school approach through culture, ethos and environment, curriculum and community engagement

Our Ethos

BELONG At Kickstart Academy we treat all students in a caring and responsible manner as individuals, all equally important and deserving of our attention and support.

RESPECT We understand that life’s journey is different for everyone and that our student population are a mirror of society and its wider variances.

INSPIRE The core principle of our pastoral system is to support our children and their families in removing the perceived/presenting barriers to access, learning and effective functioning to maximise outcomes.

SUCCEED We combine outstanding teaching and learning with the highest quality structured support, mentoring programmes and personalised learning opportunities to ensure our young people develop self-regulation, a sense of responsibility, accountability and the ability to function effectively both in school and in wider society.

ENJOY We ensure the safety and wellbeing of our young people, helping them to enjoy their school experience whilst having excellent attendance and engagement.

Implementation: Our vision is built around three core values: Ready, Respectful and Safe.  We expect all members of the Kickstart community to always exhibit these values. Underpinning our vision and values are our shared character.  Kickstart Academy actively promotes the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.


  • Pastoral care. Every member of our school community knows that we are committed to supporting their physical health, safety and emotional wellbeing
  • Relationships between staff and students are based on our core values: Ready, Respectful and Safe. Clearly stated standards of behaviour are upheld by all
  • We celebrate our differences and show respect for our community. Students understand and develop their role as active and responsible citizens
  • Kickstart Academy is an outward facing and globally conscious school. We promote compassion, and advocacy for all members of our school community. We are unwaveringly inclusive and determined to eradicate all barriers to educational success
  • Curriculum. We are passionate about delivering our ambitious curriculum which is broad, balanced and knowledge rich, enabling all students to achieve their very best and be well equipped for the future
  • Co-Curriculum. Our curriculum is enhanced by wide range of sustained enrichment opportunities enabling students to discover and nurture their individual talents and interests
  • Celebrating success. We celebrate success at all levels. Students are encouraged to apply a growth mindset to both their academic and personal progress
  • We have well established links with our local community and view partnerships with the Learning Community Trust, wider community partners and our families as central to our success
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