Company History and Timeline


November 1999
Thomas Keaney establishes Transitional Care Ltd as a social care company, with just one client (In order to subsidise the new business Thomas worked as a mini-cab driver at night)

September 2000
TC Education Services is launched to respond to Local Authority requests to provide one-to-one education packages for excluded and non-attending pupils – These services ran in tandem with Transitional Care’s Social Care packages, which provided residential services to a wide range of young people with significant complex needs

September 2002
The London Education Services are formed providing one to one packages of education in the community to a wide range of London and Home County Local Authorities based on a case coordination model

Services provided include:

  • Assessment programmes
  • Personalised Education programmes
  • Re-integration progs into mainstream
  • Tuition programmes
  • Life and learning skills programmes

January 2001 – 2004
Alternative education group projects start to operate following the success of one-to-one provisions. Local Authorities including Barking & Dagenham, Hammersmith and Fulham, Brent, Richmond upon Thames, Hertfordshire and Merton commission TCES to provide alternative education group projects.

These alternative education projects initially provided emergency support under a variety of circumstances:

  • When PRUs and Special Schools were shut down due to health and safety or Safeguarding issues.
  • When children needed to be taken through their SATS following closure
  • When Year 11’s needed to be supported on the run up to their GCSEs following closure
  • When a large group of pupils were not making any progress and the LA needed a temporary alternative education placement
  • When there was a significant amount of exclusions of EBD (currently SEMH) pupils for whom there was no in-County provision

These projects were set up to support groups of pupils in difficult circumstances and were ran with a full time broad and balanced curriculum, including vocational options and significant therapeutic support

September 2004
TCES Group sets up a large alternative education project on behalf of Essex CC for 40 BESD (now SEMH) pupils in KS4

September 2004
The 4-part Curriculum is established, includingAcademic / Vocational’, ‘Therapeutic’, ‘Engagement’ and ‘Enrichment’. This would later become the 5-part curriculum, in which SEMH and ASC were added as an additional differentiation

January 2005
TCES Group wins a five-year contract with Essex County Council to deliver alternative education to 40 BESD (now SEMH) pupils. These services were delivered in Chelmsford and East Outdoors activity camp in Mersea.

May 2006
A third alternative education project is set up in Copford, Essex following an increase in pupil numbers

December 2006
TCES Group holds their first graduation ceremony at Anglian Ruskin University with 20 Y11 pupils graduating. This becomes an annual event across all of our schools

8th January 2007
TCES Group registers the Essex Alternative Education project as its first Independent Special Day School across its three sites and it is inspected by Ofsted later that year, receiving a ‘Good with Outstanding features’ rating

January 2007
TCES Group establishes Group Process sessions, initially a class-based process

June 2008
The first annual Celebration Day is held, where everyone met for a day of outdoor competition and a demonstration of inclusive values.

September 2008
School Outreach and Community Outreach Service programmes launch, attached to our North West London and Essex Fresh Start schools

September 2008
North West London Independent School opens, with Professor Lord Robert Winston formally opening the school in January 2009

28th October 2008
Essex Fresh Start is inspected by Essex County Council on behalf of the 34 Local Authorities of the Cross County Regional Arrangements Group (CCRAG) and receives an excellent report

December 2008
TCES Group is formally formed from TC Education Services, with a new website launching at

May 2009
TCES Group opens its first Education Outreach Service Centre in Ilford, East London

September 2009
A third independent day special school opens in East London across two sites at Ibex House, Stratford and is inspected by Ofsted in March 2010, receiving a ‘Good’ with one ‘Outstanding Standard’ (Pupil Welfare, Health and Safety) rating

September 2009
The Brent Local Authority commissions TCES Group to deliver alternative education services for two years while their Pupil Referral Unit (PRU) is being built

November 2009
TCES Group celebrates its 10th Anniversary and holds its first staff party – an event to be looked forward to at the end of Autumn term

November 2010
Essex Fresh Start undergoes an Ofsted inspection, deeming four of the five measurable standards to be ‘Outstanding’

September 2012
TCES Group opens their first stand-alone Autism Spectrum Condition (ASC) services in the Varley Road (Custom House) site

March 2013
Specialist inclusion and clinical services are established, including Relationship Mentoring, Whole School Group Process, Pupil Support Meetings and MAPA training.

“All children in full-time group education or working towards this” becomes one of TCES Group’s company missions

June 2013
TCES Group exhibit at the Autism Show for the first time

July 2013
TCES Group holds its first Inter-School Football Tournament at Harlow Town Football Club

September 2013
Essex Fresh Start develop their first Student Council, and by the end of the year every TCES Group school has established their own

January 2014
CREATE service launches, developed to address the needs of pupils who have tried to engage with small group learning but have not succeeded, or pupils returning from (or at risk of entering) out-of-county placements

April 2014
East London School undergoes an Ofsted inspection and gains an ‘Outstanding School’ rating

September 2014
Essex Fresh Start undergoes an Ofsted inspection and receives a ‘Good’ rating with ‘Outstanding’ standards

September 2015
A new site is refurbished in Witham for Essex Fresh Start and is later formally opened by Professor Lord Robert Winston in December

September 2015
First Therapeutic hub opens in Romford after a significant refurbishment

March 2016
A new Create Service Therapeutic Hub opens in Barking following an extensive refurbishment, and is opened formally by Sir William Atkinson in December

Summer Term 2016
A strong focus on promoting British Values is instilled in the schools

The first Parent Council is established at North West London, giving parents the ability to join in their child’s school community and make a positive change

February 2017
North West London undergoes an Ofsted inspection and receives an ‘Outstanding’ rating

March 2017
North West London receives the Inclusion Quality Mark Award, with the report stating “every child really does matter”

April 2017
The first Cultural Week is held across all TCES Group schools, which then becomes and annual event

May 2017
Plans are made to expand the East London Stratford Marsh location into the pre-existing church attached to the school, with the new space being used for a school hall, a sensory room and five extra classrooms

June 2017
Student Council members from East London go on their first residential trip

August 2017
Two North West London pupils receive TCES Group’s highest ever GCSE grades, both gaining an A* in Art and Graphics

September 2017
TCES Group establish its LIFE Programme (Leadership skills, Independence skills, Financial skills and Employability/Enterprise Skills)

December 2017
His Excellency Justice Anthony Carmona, 5th President of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, visits North West London on an official visit to London

April 2018
East London Independent School get ready to unveil their new school building at Stratford Marsh, with staff moving in before the Summer term begins

June 2018
Dame Esther Rantzen formally opens East London’s new Stratford Marsh location and agrees to become our Patron

June 2018
East London receives the Inclusion Quality Mark award, with the report saying “the dedication of the staff means pupils have the best opportunities for inclusion and for success in life”

July 2018
East London School undergoes an Ofsted inspection and receives a ‘Good’ rating

September 2018
Micro-sculptor Willard Wigan MBE visits North West London, encouraging pupils to embrace their learning differences and praising their ‘tidal wave of talent’

September 2018
‘Leadership week’ launches as an annual event across all TCES Group schools and services

October 2018
The Alumni Mentor scheme is launched to give departing pupils a chance to return as peer mentors, providing support and guidance to current pupils

January 2019
Essex Fresh Start undergoes an Ofsted inspection and receives a ‘Good’ rating

November 2019
TCES Group celebrates its 20th Anniversary