Introduction from the Headteacher

It gives me great pleasure to welcome you to our website and thank you for taking the time to find out about our work, our vision and our belief that we can make significant and sustainable, positive  change for all learners whether that be in exam success or successful transition into employment / training, college or university.

Since opening the school with a brand new team and purposely designed building, so much has happened. Our first Ofsted inspection after a year of opening was really positive and encouraging and since then our Senior Leadership Team has increased by 2, and our group provision team staffing continues to grow, as does the requests for school places. Our “excellent” curriculum offer continues to develop even further; we have added new venues around the East Midlands, a new farm, music, digital arts venues to name but a few. We genuinely offer a broad, personalised curriculum customised to each young person and their individual circumstances. Each learner has a senior leader overseeing all of their programme, working with parents and carers and taking a very proactive, multi agency approach which can see the timetable being created on a weekly basis to ensure engagement, progression, attendance and outcomes.

We have a deep sense of achievement, with a large base of staff expertise,  in GCSE, A level, Functional skills, PSHE, Aim Awards, ASDAN, applied learning options, and a suite of BTEC’s and Apprenticeship opportunities. Set this alongside extensive personal, social, health education (PSHE), careers, health and well being and “REAL Life Planner” designed to develop key transition and life skills and add significant cultural capital opportunities, we can usually find the right blend to support students who may have found their previous experiences of ‘school’ not a good one. The overwhelming number of learners blossom and make significantly more progress than they have done previously and as a result we find attendance rates significantly increase, and are still continuing to rise year on year.

We are justifiably proud of the work we do with our parents / carers  and we have a thriving parent group who provide constructive feedback.  We are able to support by providing a framework for parents to access mutual support and specific training events that they have asked for such as understanding Autism,  Education Health and Care Plan (EHCP) training, transition opportunities and coping with risky behaviours.

We have worked really hard to involve local businesses and employers and have been very successful in placing learners into work experiences, apprenticeships and employment. We have a thriving enterprise and careers education provision which adds lots of exciting and challenging opportunities for learners to work with local, national and international businesses.

It’s hard to sum up the atmosphere, ethos and culture that exists on a day to day basis at our R.E.A.L Alternative Provision School (RAPS) in a few words.  My advice is to come and see us, join us for a coffee or lunch prepared and served by our catering students in our professional kitchen, and see for yourself.

I am confident that you will feel, like the overwhelming number of our visitors, that there’s a real sense of purpose, calm engagement, pride and achievement.

We look forward to meeting you and working with you in the future

Nikki Purcell

R.E.A.L. Alternative Provision