Compliance Items

The Acorn Free School is an Alternative Provision Free School and our compliance items are listed below.

Admission arrangements

Admissions are made by schools who choose to refer to us, parents cannot ‘choose’ The Acorn Free School as an option for secondary education in the first instance as we are an alternative provision Academy. For more information, please click here to view our Admissions Policy

Exam and assessment results

The Acorn Free School focuses on engagement with education and reintegration with schools.  Students attend predominantly on part-time and short term basis (6 – 12 weeks) and the courses offered to students reflect that. With this in mind, we work with referring schools for pupils at KS4 to continue their GCSEs or chosen courses with us.  We will publish details of the current KS4 long term placement pupils here in due course

We are not in the performance league tables as we do not have students for their whole of their academic career.

Behaviour Policy

At the Acorn Free School we focus on improving behaviour through a variety of strategies and student incentives. Please click here for our Behaviour Policy.

Pupil Premium

The Acorn Free School provides support for any schools within and outside of Lincolnshire who purchase a placement or apply for an emergency place. The referring schools use their Pupil Premium Funding to send students to our academy and as such the funding is used to provide personalised education for the students in that way. We do not receive any Pupil Premium Funding directly and assume that it makes up part of the commissioning fees to the Acorn Free School. The commissioning fees that the school receives are used to personalise learning through incentives, provide appropriate interventions and maintain high ratios of staff to pupils. This has helped students improve their attainment.

Year 7 literacy and numeracy catch-up premium

The Acorn Free School is not in receipt of any Year 7 literacy and numeracy catch-up premium funding.

Financial Statement

Here is a copy of our audited accounts ending August 2017:

Financial Statement Aug 2018

PE and sport premium

The Acorn Free School is not in receipt of any PE and sport premium funding.

Special Educational Needs (SEN) report

At the Acorn Free School we focus on supporting SEN students through a range of support, interventions and differentiation. Please click here for our SEN Policy,  here for our Local Offer and here for our SEND Information Report

If you would like a paper copy of any of this information on this page, please call the school to arrange for the pages in question to be sent to you.

Charging and Remissions Policy

Our Charging and Remissions Policy can be found by clicking here

Articles of Association

Here is a copy of our Articles of Association: Articles of Association

Funding Agreement

Here is a copy of our Funding Agreement: Funding Agreement

KS4 Performance Information 

At the end of the academic year 2017/2018 there were 8 pupils on roll who took exams at the Acorn Free School as an exam centre.  Exam results achieved were as follows:-

Institute Motor Industry Level 1 Certificate

Institute Motor Industry Level 1 Diploma

3 pupils

3 pupils

WJEC Level 1 Construction 3 pupils
WJEC Level 2 Construction 2 pupils


In addition many of our pupils sat exams at their own mainstream setting.


Careers Programme Information

Pupil entitlement

All pupils in years 8-11 are entitled:

  • to find out about technical education qualifications and apprenticeships opportunities, as part of a careers programme which provides information on the full range of education and training options available at each transition point;
  • to hear from a range of local providers about the opportunities they offer, including technical education and apprenticeships – through options events, assemblies and group discussions and taster events;
  • to understand how to make applications for the full range of academic and technical courses.

Opportunities for access

As dual registered students, they have access to their main stream schools careers staff and many main stream schools send their careers advisers to meet with pupils about post 16 provision.

Key Stage 4 students have access to a dedicated careers lesson once a week, following an ASDAN curriculum. Individualised work experience placements are organized during years 10 and 11.

Key Stage 3 students access work on careers through their PSHE modules of work.


A number of events, integrated into the school careers programme, will offer providers an opportunity to come into school to speak to pupils and/or their parents/carers.


For any information regarding careers you should contact Becky Walton, Telephone: 01522 822428, Email: