Hair @ The Academy

Hair @ the Academy


Hair@theAcademy is a provider of Hair and Beauty courses, specialising in re-engaging disengaged adults, young people and NEETs (Not in Education, Employment or Training). Working in partnership with Vocational Training Charitable Trust (VTCT), Learn Devon and with the support of Exeter Foundation, Careers South West and Jobcentre Plus, it offers a range of courses including:

• VTCT Level 1 Certificates in Hair and Beauty
• VTCT Level 2 Diploma in Women’s and Men’s Hairdressing
• VTCT Level 2 Certificate in Barbering
• Level 3 award in Education and Training
• Level 4 Certificate in Education and Training


Hair@theAcademy is committed to ensuring learners are prepared for employment whether for the first time or returning. With partnership support, these courses are designed to meet the varying needs of learners, encouraging them to reach their full potential


The Salon

The salon works with schools across Exeter and East Devon to provide sessions in partnership with the Learning2Work programme. This can include, for example, free taster sessions for students during Learner Enrichment Weeks or more tailored paid for workshops provided on a regular basis. As the salon is small, it can be flexible to meet the needs of individual students.

For deaf students, the salon offers a fantastic opportunity to learn practical, work-related skills within the supportive Academy environment. The salon has also played a key part in pioneering the Academy’s ‘reverse inclusion’ approach, bringing deaf and hearing students together to learn in a space where deaf students feel supported. Deaf students are able to build their confidence in communicating with their hearing peers, whilst hearing students who come to learn in the salon benefit from becoming more deaf aware and learning how to overcome communication barriers. This highly successful approach forms part of the design principles for the new Academy. Hair@theAcademy will have a front facing salon as part of the development, which will be open to the local community. This will take the approach a step further, enabling members of the public to be more open to communicating with deaf people and allowing both communities to interact on a daily basis.


Partnership with has offered free online training to Hair@theAcademy students. The partnership will allow students to access its library of training videos covering all aspects of hairdressing and fashion. The step by step guides are clear and engaging for students and can be accessed at any time.


The Salon’s Story

Salon Hair & Beauty Tutor Mary Pugsley has worked hard to develop the salon from an idea into reality and from its early days delivering half day sessions through to its current provision of workshops and courses.

Contact Details

For more information about Hair@theAcademy, please contact Mary Pugsley:
Tel: 01392 267086.