Kirklees Academies

I am delighted to welcome you to Pivot Academy Kirklees

Emily Alexander
Headteacher, Kirklees

At Pivot Academy Kirklees, we are very proud of all aspects of the school; I am extremely privileged to be the Headteacher here. We believe that all children deserve better and focus on developing the whole learner.

Our school values are Positive, Resilient, Different, Passionate and Collaborative, and these values are intertwined throughout our everyday school life.

We intend to prepare our children socially, emotionally and academically so that when they leave us, they are ready for the next step in their journey, and can take our values into the wider world.

Our curriculum offer is focused on developing the whole learner, working with their interests to engage them in education in order for them to feel successful and take positive steps in their journey to adulthood.

We aim for our students to become confident in everything they do and to be the best version of themselves.

I am looking forward to working with the whole community as we strive for great success for all our young people.

By working together, we can ensure that all students feel safe and enjoy their time at school, make excellent progress and leave us with confidence, determination and the skills to lead successful and fulfilling lives.

If you would like to know more about our Academy, please get in touch.

Kirklees Upper

Our school at Kirklees Upper provides support for young people in Key Stage 3 and 4, who have a wide range of complex needs, the majority of learners have an EHCP. We have provision for up to 30 young people per site (60 in total).
We work with learners and their parents/carers to provide support based on the individual needs of each child, giving them opportunities to gain a variety of qualifications and to follow different routes through to employment or further education. Our learners can study GCSE English Language, Mathematics, Biology, NCFE Employability, Personal, Social, Health and Economics plus Zones of Regulation. In addition to this learners select options from other provisions e.g. creative craft, sport, construction etc.

Key Stage 4

Between 11 and 16 years old

Kirklees Lower

Pivot Kirklees (Lower) opened in September 2021, providing additional high-quality education for learners with complex SEMH and other learning needs. We offer a calm and nurturing environment where pupils feel safe to learn and make mistakes. By embedding Zones of Regulation and Emotion Coaching approaches throughout our practice, we support learners to connect and regulate their emotions. Our curriculum meets the needs of learners across all Key Stages and has elements of academic, wellbeing, creative and experiential opportunities.

Upper Key Stage 2 and Key Stage 3

Between 9 and 13 years old

Pivot 6

At Pivot 6, we offer specialist support for KS3 and KS4 learners who have been permanently excluded from mainstream school. We offer core academics, creativity and personal development but also clear focus on developing learner’s social and emotional skills. Our aim in Pivot 6 is to support learners academically and socially to prepare them for transition back into mainstream school or other next steps.

Learners are referred by local authorities as part of their Day 6 duty.

Pivot Outreach Programme (POP)

Pivot Outreach Programme (POP) is a specialist provision for KS3 and KS4 learners with an Education Health Care Plan (EHCP) who have been out of an education setting for a period of at least 6 months. We cater for a variety of needs, but particularly Social, Emotional and Mental Health Difficulties (SEMH).

Our curriculum offer focuses on core academics, preparation for adulthood, zones of regulation, PSHE and individual learner interests. We work closely with families to build packages of learning which stretch and develop learner’s skills and abilities, whilst working at a carefully planned pace in order to maximise opportunities for success.

There is a focus on building relationships, self-esteem and removing barriers to learning.

Referrals come via Case Work Officers from SEN teams.

Alongside their education, learners have access to:

  • Climbing
  • Trampolining
  • Horse Riding
  • Animal Care
  • Computing
  • Horticulture
  • SMSC
  • Theatre Visits
  • Museum Visits
  • And so much more.

Because Children Deserve Better, we give them the opportunity to find their ‘thing’. With access to a wide variety of extracurricular activities, our students develop new skills, experience their potential and explore their prospects.

Find out our Term Dates for this year

In the recent ISI inspection report, Pivot demonstrated ‘significant strength’ in Leadership and Management.

Kirklees Academies

The Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI) recently inspected Pivot and noted that Leadership & Management were a significant strength of the organisation: Directors, Leaders and staff work relentlessly in the best interest of the pupils' wellbeing.

See Report Here

The ISI framework resonated more with our visions and values. At the core of the inspection are four areas:

  • Pupils physical and mental health and emotional wellbeing - this is fundamental to our way of working.

  • Pupils education, training and recreation - this means we have a curriculum that meets our pupils needs.

  • Leadership and management with the overarching responsibility of leadership and management to actively promote the wellbeing of pupils. Pupils social and economic well being and contribution to society which fits with our preparing for adulthood curriculum focus.

  • The ISI main focus is to ensure that the wellbeing of young people is paramount and is at the centre of the framework and also the new inspection regime. Pivot embraced this supportive and inclusive approach were we worked collectively with ISI to support the whole of our school community.


Students have been supported by us this year alone. Academic year 22/23.


Exclusions or suspensions


Of the KS4 learners passed GCSE Maths and English Language in the academic year 22/23

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Working together with

Our partners are essential to our success, sharing our vision and values as we collaborate to achieve our goals, and provide the best opportunities for the children.

Operation Encompass is a police and education early information safeguarding partnership enabling schools to offer immediate support to children experiencing domestic abuse. Please click here to find out more.