Cornerstone

Cornerstone

Cornerstone’s Vision

The Cornerstone Academy aims to help the most disengaged children re-engage in full time education, ultimately preventing any child from reception to year 6 in Cheshire East receiving a permanent exclusion. Our key focus is to help children make a successful return to full time education or where this is not possible help identify the best forms of provision to meet a child’s specific needs.

A different type of school

The Cornerstone Academy is a unique educational asset in Cheshire East: a different type of school that provides opportunities for young people who currently present as unable to meet the demands of mainstream provision. It is our conviction that these children have tremendous potential that an innovative school will nurture to ensure that, initially they are not permanently excluded from school or, where they have been excluded, to ensure their return to full time appropriate provision is rapid and sustained.

Cornerstone Ethos

At Cornerstone we connect with young people to facilitate re-engagement in education. We help children to build positive relationships with peers and school. We build each child’s self-esteem, self-confidence, integrity, resilience and mental well-being. We create an atmosphere and culture of trust and openness where children feel safe and secure and able to discuss their worries and concerns. At Cornerstone we put in place the building blocks for a future where children enjoy learning and realise and release their potential.

Finance Officer

Good day, my name is Chris Ayers and I am the finance officer for The Cornerstone Academy. I have been lucky enough to have experienced many different types of workplace, ranging from Archaeology, Graphic Design and teaching. My experiences have led me to be the finance officer for Cornerstone. I enjoy numerous hobbies including painting, computing and gym.

Head of The Cornerstone Academy

My name is Damien Sweeney and I am the Head teacher of The Cornerstone Academy. I grew up in Lancashire before moving to Manchester to study Biology and then gain a PGCE in primary education. I have taught in mainstream and alternative provision for over twenty years with varied roles including class teacher, assistant head teacher, deputy head teacher and head teacher. Five years ago I started The Crescent pupil reintegration unit in Cheshire East and in January 2019 I started The Cornerstone Academy with the YES trust. I believe that every child needs the opportunity to develop and thrive in school. Sometimes a mainstream setting isn’t appropriate and an alternative is needed. This is why I love working at The Cornerstone Academy, we give children a second chance to thrive, develop and succeed. When I’m not working I spend time with my family, travelling and enjoy playing tennis, I have a mean forehand!

Teacher/Outreach

My name is Nicola Gallimore.  I trained at MMU and have taught here in Cheshire East since 1993. I have loved many things about my teaching career but have finally found where I enjoy being the most, and that is working with our young people at Cornerstone. My role at Cornerstone means that you might meet me at either of our sites. I live in Haslington with my partner, our nine year old son and not forgetting our Golden Retriever Harvey! Going off in our camper van is the thing I love to do at the weekends and in the holidays-especially to Cornwall. I am also actively involved with our local primary school where I am a school governor.