Cornerstone Academy is an innovative and different type of school that provides opportunities for children in year 1 to year 6, who currently present as unable to meet the demands of mainstream provision, to re-engage with their learning and re-ignite a love of learning.  It is our conviction that these children have tremendous potential and at Cornerstone we aim to unlock this potential regardless of background, ability or disposition. When a child joins us at one of our sites at Crewe or Congleton, they will benefit from having experienced, specialist staff who will work closely with them to help to break down any perceived barriers to learning. We work with children who are displaying challenging behaviour and also those who may be struggling with their mental health and well-being, which is impacting on their ability to make progress and thrive at school.

Children who attend Cornerstone Academy return to their home schools equipped with a tool box which enables them to be more resilient.  From an academic viewpoint they will move from small gains to accelerated progress, narrowing the gap between them and their peers and allowing them to access the curriculum with increased confidence.  Access to the wider curriculum is further supported and consolidated by the embedding of reading as a master skill.

We want every child to be able to access full-time education and maximise their potential, whatever that potential may be.

School Support-Cornerstone offers outreach in terms of behaviour management advice and techniques, training and behaviour audits.  We will spend a period of time discussing with the class teacher their specific concerns and following this an observation of the class/individuals will take place.  A follow up report will outline advice and guidance.

Training-We offer a range of training sessions including positive handling which is delivered to school staff and covers the practical aspects of positive handling, the mechanics of it and what is reasonable force and when can it be used?  Training can be delivered during a half day Inset or through twilight sessions.

For more information about any aspect of what Cornerstone Academy has to offer, please contact

Damien Sweeney
Cornerstone Academy
Mobile:  07849 083 839
School:  01270 304094

Ofsted Inspection of
Cornerstone Academy

We are delighted to present our Ofsted report.  The inspection took place in November 2021 and Ofsted judged our school to be “Good” in all areas.
Ofsted said that “Cornerstone Academy is a happy, caring school.  Pupils who previously have been disengaged from education thrive and achieve well.”

Click here to view:  Cornerstone Academy Ofsted Report



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At Cornerstone Academy our aim is to re-engage the disengaged. To help children who are at risk of permanent exclusion find their way back into full time education whether that be mainstream or specialist. To enable the most disadvantaged children to discover their love of learning and in doing so massively increase their future life chances.

We live by the following core principles, which run through everything we do.

  • We provide a supportive and caring environment to allow all children to learn and develop in their own way to reach their full potential.
  • We prepare children for reintegration into mainstream education, where it’s appropriate to do so.
  • We improve each child’s behaviour and attitudes towards their peers and adults.
  • We help build each child’s self-esteem, self-confidence and integrity.

I hope you enjoy looking through our website and that it gives you a taste of what we do and what we try to achieve.

Damien Sweeney
Cornerstone Academy
Mobile:  07849 083839
School:  01270 304094


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