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We educate pupils with some of the most challenging and complex needs 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.

pupil leadership

Through our LIFE Programme and Student Councils, our pupils are provided with a ‘real voice’, which helps them to:

  • learn, succeed and flourish in school
  • become suitably prepared to thrive as adults
  • develop skills that underpin future resilience
  • be inspired to become values-based active citizens, now and in the future.

The LIFE Programme has been designed to specifically enhance our pupils’ chances of employability and success at work through a belief in self (learning to ‘lead’ yourself).

Our pupils consult with staff at every level, through our Student Councils. Student representatives provide consultation on everything, including the provision of ideas for our curriculum, consultation around their school environments, reviews of particular policy and procedures, and the recruitment of new staff.


distance learning portal

Our Distance Learning Portal is for any pupil learning from home, including TCES Home Learning pupils.