The primary activity of the organisation is the provision of specialist education services to young people with Social Emotional Mental Health (SEMH) needs – previously known as Behavioural, Emotional and Social Difficulties (BESD) – and highly focused education services for pupils with an Autistic Spectrum Condition (ASC).
We work with the most disaffected, challenging pupils in London and the South East. Pupils have often been excluded from numerous schools and have been out of full-time education for an average of 18 months before they come to us. We are extremely proud of the fact that we have not permanently excluded a single pupil in more than six years. This is because we know the damage further rejection causes.
We are now in our second decade of educating some of the most challenging young people in the country, offering positive outcomes to young people of school age who have disengaged, or are at the point of disengaging with education. Many of these pupils are known to the criminal justice system and a significant percentage of our pupils are looked after or children in need. Most have been excluded from at least one school.
Despite these challenges, we support our pupils in achieving a wide range of accredited outcomes in examinations and other courses. We foster a sense of pride, purpose and achievement, to which our graduation ceremonies attest. Importantly, more than 80% of our pupils are in education, training or employment six months after leaving us – an achievement of which we are immensely proud.