Where a young person is struggling to access their learning in a mainstream school because of their complex social, emotional or mental health needs, their very poor attendance, or they are at risk of permanent exclusion from the school, the parents/carers and school can agree to make a referral for an alternative provision placement, such as moving to The Richard Barnes Academy (RBA). 

Once a place is agreed RBA works with the young person, the parents/carers and their current school to enable a smooth transition to our school. This includes:

  • A meeting with the young person and their parents/ carers to introduce The RBA and discuss what we can offer. This is often at home.
  • A visit to RBA to meet staff and students, identify transport needs and make option choices for our vocational placements.
  • Settling in activities alongside other new RBA students.
  • A detailed assessment of need to ensure the learning offer meets the individual needs of each young person.
  • A gradual induction timetable, supporting the young person to access their learning at RBA at a pace which suits them, including familiarisation with travel to and from RBA and their vocational placements.

At all times we work in partnership with the young person and their parents/carers to ensure that each young person is given the best opportunity to thrive at RBA, enabling them to believe in themselves, engage in their learning and achieve well.