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Sir Martyn Lewis visits RAPS

Legendary newsreader Sir Martyn Lewis visited R.E.A.L. Alternative Provision School (RAPS) last month.

Sir Martyn, who has anchored every mainstream news programme on both ITV and BBC, had a tour around R.E.A.L.โ€™s Alternative Provision School, as well as the new Creative Digital Centre.

Sir Martyn founded YouthNet in 1995 (now known as The Mix), a supportive website for young people and is also patron of The Patchwork Foundation, which encourages active participation of young people from disadvantaged and minority communities.

Sir Martynโ€™s visit to RAPS was to build on his promotion of good news relating to the positive outcomes for young people at RAPS, who are often from disadvantaged backgrounds, are at risk of exclusion or have been excluded from school. Sir Martyn is also a patron of SEN (Special Educational Needs), charities and so he is particularly interested in RAPS.

RAPS School Lead, Kirsten Gibson said: โ€œWe were delighted to welcome Sir Martyn for the day. He spent several hours chatting to learners and staff and we were pleased to have the opportunity to showcase our facilities and the positive work we do with our learners.โ€

To find out more about RAPS and the work that takes place, visit


RAPS Mansfield will became RIS Mansfield on 27th May. The new RIS website will be launching shortly.

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