Peak Education – Audley School are delighted with a Good Ofsted rating.

Peak Education – Audley School have just been awarded its first Ofsted rating, and it’s a very well-deserved Good!

Andrew McCreedy, Peak Education, Executive Head said,” I am thrilled that Ofsted have recognised the high-quality provision that is on offer at our Audley school. The inspection process lasts for two and half days and is always an exhaustive but exciting time for the school. The report recognises the value of our unique blend of educational, enrichment, and adventurous programmes which support our students to achieve their potential. I am proud of the commitment and dedication of all our students, parents / carers, and our staff for their contribution to our fantastic school. This dedication has helped us operate throughout the whole Covid pandemic to provide support for our students.”

The Ofsted inspectors reviewed the Audley school based on four main areas. All of which were rated good:

  • Quality of education
  • Behaviour and attitudes
  • Personal development of pupils
  • Leadership

What makes this Good rating special for Peak Education – Audley?

Peak Education are a little different to your regular schools.  They help young people in Primary education who have difficulties accessing mainstream education to re-engage with learning.

Peak have four registered independent day schools located at Cannock, Gailey, Stoke-on-Trent, and Audley. Along with seven adventure centres in the Yorkshire, Staffordshire, Cheshire, and the West Midlands that are used by the students to do everything from watersports to climbing

All Peak Education staff are specially trained to work with young people facing social, emotional, and mental health challenges and life changing circumstances. The Team know how to engage, inspire, safeguard, and de-escalate situations for everyone’s safety and to keep young people in education.

They achieve this by building confidence and skills to help students overcome personal challenges through a blend of outdoor and classroom-based learning.

Education, Enrichment and Adventure

Peak Managing Director Paul Ball explained the Peak approach. “Our students need to be engaged and supported, to help them become receptive to classroom style education. Our holistic Engagement Programmes bring down barriers, enabling us to gradually re-introduce qualification-based learning that is aligned to the National Curriculum. This also improves attendance.

Our approach to supporting students is based on 3 tried and tested pillars of activity.

  1. Education – We gradually re-introduce a National Curriculum-based education, working to the individual’s capabilities to give them the best opportunities for success and attainment.
  2. Enrichment – Academic programmes are enriched by adventure and fun, which are embedded throughout our Vocational and Adventurous Activities curriculum.
  3. Adventure –this is the cherry on the cake and really helps support students. From hiking and climbing to sailing and archery, we use a broad range of activities to restore self-esteem, build resilience and improve social skills.

Paul continued. “Our holistic Engagement Programmes are the foundation for the successful delivery of our individual learning plans. Each plan is tailored to the individual’s needs, aspirations and abilities, developed in partnership with Local Authorities, parents and other supporting agencies.”

The Peak Ethos – ‘Together Everyone Achieves Excellence’

Students who have completed their school careers with Peak Education have gained vocational and National Governing Body qualifications such as British Canoeing to support a variety of employment and training paths. This includes reintegration to mainstream education, employment as instructors at outdoor activity centres, further training, college placements and direct employment in careers such as building or car repair.

Andrew McCreedy explained more…

“The majority of our pupils have social, emotional, and mental health (SEMH) needs. In many instances, this means that pupils have large gaps in their knowledge and skills. When pupils start at the Audley school, teachers check what they know and what they do not know. External agencies support this process when required. This information is used well to develop teaching plans.

Keyworkers help pupils to stay focused and engaged in their learning. Keyworkers also support pupils with their social and emotional needs. A strong sense of pastoral care exists throughout the school. This helps to support pupils’ social and emotional needs. Staff work successfully with pupils to prepare them for the next stage of their education. This includes preparations for Year 10 in other settings and opportunities to explore future career choices.

The education focus is on reading, maths, geography and PSHE.  Observed reading and visits to the classroom.  We pick the children up in the morning and take them home to help improve attendance.

What we do differently is offer Education through Adventure, with outdoor activities at Audley Climbing Centre, Trentham Treetop Adventures and Astbury Watersports Centre.  We also go Mountain biking at Cannock, Handchurch.  This helps students learn a mix of team skills and individual skills.  The success is down to great team, hard work and dedication from Instructors, the learning support Team, teachers, and our Activity Centre staff”

But the story doesn’t’ end there!

The schools are going from strength to strength.  We are looking to expand and recruit more staff to accommodate more students in our schools. Each student needs a team of Keyworkers.  If you would like to be part of the team, you can find out about our current vacancies here

To find out more about how Peak Education can help your students, call 01782 722226 or visit the website at

The full Peak Education – Audley Ofsted report can be found here