Principles and Purpose 

Youth Challenge Secondary Unit is an alternative educational provision for Key Stage 3 & 4 pupils aged 11 - 16 years old. We provide medium to longer-term support for students who have been designated as ‘Permanently Excluded’ and shorter-term support for those designated as ‘Pupil's At Risk of Exclusion’. 

 We aim to:

  • Provide ‘focused respite’ in terms of breaking phase 1 cycles of conflict often rooted in high-anxiety and fight responses. 
  • Provide an alternative educational environment that will likely lead to more successful phase 2 outcomes in terms of achievement of qualifications. 
  • Provide a programme of purposeful, personalised learning, mentoring and enrichment that will make inroads into a young person’s perspective of themselves, others and the value of learning – with a view to them making a positive transition to their next educational environment (be that their ‘home school’, a new school or readiness for post-16 provision). 
  • Establish / re-establish trust and working relationship between school professionals, family and any outside agencies. 
  • Provide opportunity for more thorough, specialist assessment leading to EHC Plan referral where appropriate. 

Our Values and creating a climate for success: 

R – Respect

E – Empathy

S – Support

P – Personal success

E – Engagement

C – Co-operation

T – Trust