About Us

Young People’s Academy is a secondary special school for students with social, emotional and mental health needs.

We recognise that the majority of our students thrive via a varied curriculum that is practical based and introduces students to and enhances their experiences via an enrichment programme.

We understand that many of our students arrive at Young People’s Academy having had very difficult experiences of school in the past. With the skill and dedication of our staff, we aim to reconnect them with education so they can make progress to becoming successful adults via a reflective approach. Reflection and restorative practice, as opposed to detentions and exclusions, is used to help students understand what is currently happening, what they are trying and using well, and how they can move forward.

Young People’s Academy is determined that students will leave with academic outcomes that reflects the best of their abilities, able to sustain relationships and employment and maintain healthy households.

YPA has a good understanding and built a rapport with my son. He has been happy and well cared for to the point where he has met his full potential and thrived. The right balance and structure has provided for my son’s complex needs. Thank you for your continuous support.  Parent

Latest News

Thinking about the future!

Two students from year 9 visited the library to research different types of higher educational establishments and why choosing to further your education is a good thing. This gave them the chance to gain an insight into the qualifications that …

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Digital School at Young People’s Academy

Orchard Hill College’s Digital School has started a twelve week digital programme at YPA. This will be enrichment for years 7 and 8 and they will deliver a range of interactive educational sessions using Virtual Reality, Lego Education, green screen photography …

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Car Washing Enterprise

Charlie, a sixth form student from Young People’s Academy has started a very successful car washing enterprise. The enterprise started off washing cars of the staff at YPA, it has now grown to our Orchard Hill College and Academy Trust …

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Maths in Action at Windsor Racecourse!

Year 9 and 10 students from Young People’s Academy visited Windsor Racecourse for an exciting “Maths in Action” trip. The students took a look behind the scenes at the racecourse, and how maths is used in an every day setting. …

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