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Two new academies open in Torbay

The two new schools offer alternative educational provision for 11-16 year olds outside of mainstream education

Posted by Hannah Vickers | April 20, 2017 | Facilities & buildings

The Burton Academy in Torquay and The Brunel Academy in Paignton have opened, both sponsored by the Catch22 Multi Academies Trust. The schools will support young people in Torbay aged 11-16 years old who find themselves outside mainstream education to achieve their potential, progress quickly and to succeed in sustained education or employment.

Torbay County Council recommended the Catch22 Multi Academies Trust as the sponsor of the new alternative provision (AP) and social, emotional and mental health (SEMH) schools and this was approved by the Secretary of State for Education.

The Catch22 Multi Academies Trust is the vehicle for Catch22's sponsorship of academies. Its schools focus on pupils who can benefit from small, supportive alternative education provision. The Trust is able to draw on the expertise, national networks and support of social business and charity Catch22 in key areas such as family support, substance misuse, youth justice and employment pathways.

 The Burton Academy, has opened on two sites on South Park Road in Torquay and on Higher Polsham Road in Paignton, and is an alternative education school (AP) for 40 pupils aged 11 to 16-years-old and whose needs cannot be met within a mainstream environment. The academy will support young people in the Torbay area who require additional social, emotional and behavioural support. The Academy will provide special educational provision for children who need additional support to maintain relationships with peers and adults. 

The Brunel Academy, opened on Torquay Road in Paignton, is a specialist alternative education school for 56 pupils aged 11 to 16-years-old who exhibit Social, Emotional and Mental Health (SEMH) needs. The Brunel Academy provides short-term placements for young people in the Torbay area who require additional behavioural and/or mental health support. All students at The Brunel Academy have an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) in relation to their SEMH needs. 

We work hard to make sure that all of our schools are best practice environments where all students achieve their purpose, have a good place to learn, and are supported by good people and to deliver education where everyone is able to achieve their potential, no matter what their background - Graham Payne, Executive Principal of the Catch22 Multi Academies Trust

Graham Payne, Executive Principal of the Catch22 Multi Academies Trust said: “The opening of both the Burton and Brunel Academies is good news for both the local community and for the young people of Torbay who are outside of mainstream education. We are proud of the transformative impact that the Catch22 model has on the lives of our pupils, and look forward to having the same impact for our new learners in Torbay. We work hard to make sure that all of our schools are best practice environments where all students achieve their purpose, have a good place to learn, and are supported by good people and to deliver education where everyone is able to achieve their potential, no matter what their background”.

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