With every single member of staff at Wave Trust committed to providing the highest quality education for all our pupils, we are very proud to be taking part in this year’s National Thank a Teacher Day event on Thursday, 26 May.

On Thank A Teacher Day schools, academies, teachers, support staff, children and families from across the country come together to pay tribute to members of staff that makes our schools and academies so special.


We have been providing an Alternative Provision service in Cornwall since 1st June 2013, initially as Acorn Academy Cornwall following the academisation of the PRUs, and as Wave Trust from 1st June 2018. 

Our 334 members of staff provide education for pupils across the whole of Cornwall and Devon who are excluded from school or who are not in school for medical reasons. We currently have six Alternative Provision Academies based in Cornwall and four Alternative Provision Academies in Devon. 

We also provide the Community and Hospital Education Service (CHES) & Torlands, based across three centres in Devon and Cornwall, as well as education services for children and young people staying at Sowenna, Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust’s child and adolescent mental health unit in Bodmin.

“Every single member of the Wave team works very hard to ensure that we are providing the highest quality education for all our pupils” said Wave CEO Rob Gasson.  “We are determined to do ‘whatever it takes’ to improve outcomes for our pupils and change their lives for the better”.

Led by The Teaching Awards Trust, the aim of the annual Thank A Teacher campaign is to enable children and their families to thank the staff at the heart of their communities, who provide stability in uncertain times, who help make sense of the outside world for them and their children, and who give a sense of belonging.

“Our academies are the beating heart of our communitiessaid Rob Gasson.  “They are so much more than places where children are educated”.


We know that in times of crisis communities turn to schools for support.  Over the last two years, we have seen what special places our academies are and how much they deserve to be celebrated.  Everyone at Wave worked hard to support our pupils and their families during the pandemic, with staff going the extra mile to provide reassurance during uncertain times through to offering wider support to families who need it most”. 


“I am incredibly grateful to all our staff for their hard work and commitment and it is great to see this campaign encouraging people to join together in celebrating the legacy that teachers and schools bring to them and to say Thank You”.


Michael Morpurgo, celebrated author and former Children’s Laureate, and President of the Teaching Awards Trust, said:  “For so many of us, it was someone at school who changed our lives, was at our side through hard and difficult times, who lifted us up when we were down, helped us find our voice, gave us confidence when we needed it most, set us on a path that we have followed ever since”.


“No matter who we are, school has touched our lives and played a central role in our childhoods. School is about so much more than learning, and we see that now more than ever before. Schools really are the beating heart of our communities. Every person that cares for our children in schools should be celebrated loud and clear on Thank A Teacher Day 2022”.

Mary Palmer, CEO of The Teaching Awards Trust, said: “We continue to receive thank you messages for all those special people who work in our schools, and we know how much these mean to every single one of them. It’s wonderful to see so much support for our tremendous school staff across the country. They deserve every Thank You they receive and so much more, and I’d encourage everyone to join us in celebrating how special our schools really are on Thursday 26 May”.


“We can’t wait to see all the brilliant Thank You videos, pictures, songs and poems come flooding in”.

For more information, please visit www.thankateacher.co.uk



Notes to editors

National Thank A Teacher Day is annual celebration of our schools, colleges, teachers and support staff across the country. The Thank a Teacher Campaign is run by The Teaching Awards Trust, which was established in 1998 by Lord David Puttnam CBE, to celebrate and recognise excellence in education.  The Thank a Teacher campaign is supported by the Department for Education and Education Scotland.