YMCA Birmingham are taking the lead role in applying to the Department for Education to open an ‘Alternative Provision’ Free School for secondary pupils aged 11-16 to support vulnerable young people who may not flourish in other schools. Mainstream and traditional routes to success are often not appropriate for all students and we are looking to offer an alternative route for vulnerable young people with complex social and emotional needs and by developing a smaller school focused on enterprise and social skills development, with aspiration and ambition at its heart, we believe we can help to address under performance and disaffection amongst some learners. Our proposal is to open the school within the Erdington or Perry Barr District that also delivers tailored pastoral support to each pupil.
As part of a broader curriculum, the school will deliver core GCSE’s and vocational qualifications in a number of areas including Catering and Hospitality, Construction and Health & Social Care.
We would love to hear your thoughts on our proposal and we’re looking for local businesses, community groups and parents to get involved and help shape the school. So please get in touch! Look out for the twitter hashtag #YMCAGWA to follow all the updates.