Access 2 Attleborough (A2A)

Access 2 Attleborough (A2A)


1st Sep `22

1 Year


Attleborough Academy Norfolk

Attleborough Academy  Attleborough Academy is an inclusive, friendly and effective learning community with high aspirations and a reputation for innovation.

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Attleborough Academy Norfolk

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Attleborough Academy 

Attleborough Academy is an inclusive, friendly and effective learning community with high aspirations and a reputation for innovation. Excellent relationships between students and staff are at the heart of the ethos of the Academy and are often commented on by those who come in to visit.

The Sixth Form offers a wide range of Advanced Level courses together with additional entitlement activities. We presently have approximately 120 students and this should rise to over 180 over the next couple of years as we are receiving record numbers of applications year on year.

Attleborough Academy was the first Secondary School in East Anglia to be awarded the prestigious Challenge Award for their educational provision for the most able. 

Attleborough students have the chance to develop a wide range of interests:  we run a number of overseas visits each year (including a Ski Trip, and European tours to Italy, Austria, Germany and beyond); in Year 13 students have the opporunity to be elected to the Presidents Team who represent and help to develop the Sixth Form; the Youth STEM Award is being introduced at Gold Level for those who wish to pursue a career in Science, Technology, Engineering or Maths; the Duke of Edinburgh Award is offered via our link with the Norfolk D of E group; and much more besides.

Facilities at this Provider:

With significant investment in Facilities having been made over the past few years and additional investment planned, Sixth Formers now enjoy a facility with four separate rooms with upgraded computers and larger screens to enable them to complete private study. With a new Sixth Form building to be developed in the 2020-21 academic year.

A dedicated Progress Mentor is on hand to support students with study and revision skills, as well as offering careers and applications guidance. 

Students are provided with both Office 365 and Google accounts, which enables them to work in the cloud, and install the Office suite of applications at home for free, on up to five computers or laptops.

For students studying Media, Photography, Drama or Product Design, recent investments in new camera equipment give students access to photographic equipment rarely seen on this scale in an education environment. In Computing; the lab gives students an environment to code, test and develop their own solutions to computing problems.

Type of Provider: School with Sixth Form


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Course details

At Attleborough Academy we can offer a unique learning pathway that allows us to match the individual need, ability and interest of a student with a programme of study that most effectively prepares them for a bright future. The introduction of the A2A programme in September 2016 has enabled us to offer students a bespoke course which combines subjects taught in school, business and industry engagement, and valuable work experience. The entire year’s programme is constructed to support successful progression towards each student’s individual future goals.

This one year pathway of study aims to provide a bridge between Year 11 completion and the next stage, effectively preparing students for the world of work, for embarking on apprenticeships, or, by increasing their qualifications, improving their readiness to begin full A Level courses in the near future. The majority of students joining the A2A group at the academy will carry out one day a week work experience with a local business or industry.


Attleborough Academy, 9 Norwich Road, Attleborough, Norfolk, NR17 2AJ

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Qualification: GCSE
Exam Board: Other

Since this course began,  A2A students have gathered substantial and meaningful work related skills in a diverse range of placements, which have included construction companies, car mechanic firms, businesses, wellbeing, leisure, care homes and charity organisations, retail businesses and educational and medical institutions. Students participating in the A2A programme will also have timetabled taught lessons within the academy for GCSE retakes, (with particular focus on English and Maths) and/ or additional Level 2 qualifications. All students will study for the Extended Project Qualification which will be focused on their specific area of interest or future goals. They will also have supervised guided study periods and will receive substantial tutor and mentoring support.

Admission details

Age: 16-18

Entry Requirements for this Course:

If you are a student who previously felt that Sixth Form was not the place for you – either because you desire to follow a less traditional and more work related programme of learning, or because you did not yet achieve the required quantity of GCSE and equivalent passes to begin A Level study – this is the pathway for you


  • David Nevard (Sixth Form Manager)
  • Attleborough Academy Norfolk